Naturally beautiful: Using travertine tiles in your home

Naturally beautiful: using travertine tiles in your home

If you’re looking a for a natural, beautiful look for your home, travertine is a great option to consider. Travertine is a type of sedimentary rock used for flooring, pathways, wall finishes and outdoor pavers. Generally found around hot springs or wet caves, it contains various mineral deposits and has a rough texture. Travertine has tiny holes made by organisms and air bubbles, which lends to its charm and natural design. However, you can also get variations where the holes are filled in.


You might to want to think again if you want to use travertine in your kitchen. Travertine is vulnerable to acids and may not be suitable for your kitchen floor. Spills from fruit juices or vinegar can mar the tile’s surface. Though normally sealed for protection, it is probably better suited for a backsplash if you want to use it in your kitchen.

Instead of the kitchen, consider travertine for your deck or patio. Travertine is perfect for outdoors because of its natural resistance to extreme heat and cold. Even when exposed to direct sunlight, it remains cool to the touch. Travertine also stands up well to extreme cold. Its natural rough surface also makes it skid-resistant, which is absolutely necessary on rainy, snowy and icy days in the winter.


Travertine has a limited color range and is usually available in neutral colors (beige, cream, white, yellow). This natural stone is particularly ideal for outdoor pathways or pool pavers. Its natural beauty compels many to bring it indoors until they see the price tag.

Travertine-Look Porcelain Tile

With the look and feel of travertine, porcelain tile that looks like travertine has exploded in popularity mainly due to its affordable cost and how realistic they look. These tiles can be used just about anywhere, even outdoors. Two of our most popular collections are Elements of Nature and Serenity.


Both collections offer multiple colors and sizes as well as stunning trim pieces and mosaics.  The color variation in both collections looks so realistic, even our tile experts can’t tell the difference. You’ll certainly notice the difference when you see the prices.


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