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Seven Ideal Applications for Travertine Stone

What is Travertine?

Before we get to the point of this article, let's first understand what travertine is and its main properties as a natural stone. Travertine is a calcite-based natural stone formed beneath hot springs for millions of years. Most of the natural pits and crevices on the surface of travertine are formed when the heated water shoots up to the stone's surface, giving it the character we see today.

Throughout history, travertine stone pavers have been the preferred material for building structures of majesty and grandeur. For example, The Colosseum, one of the most globally recognisable structures, was also built using travertine stone pavers.

As you can understand from the above information, travertine is a beautiful stone that is durable, safe and available in various colours and sizes. It is available in stunning colours, ranging from cool grey to brown and milky tones, and it is formed in such a way that no two travertine pavers look alike and gives this stone unparalleled character.
These stones are usually available in two different cuts. No matter whether it is a cross-cut or vein-cut, installers love working with travertine pavers.

  • In vein-cut, the travertine is cut so that all the veins move in one direction and is commonly used for feature walls.
  • In cross-cutting, the travertine is cut in a way where fewer veins are visible, and the surface is smoother and has fewer pits. This cut is more commonly used for flooring and paving.

Application of Travertine Stone

You now understand more about what travertine is, how it is formed, and the different colours and cuts available. Now let's check out the seven of the best uses for travertine stone in and around the home.

1. Travertine tiles for indoors


Travertine is a functional, elegant and characterful stone, making it an excellent choice for installation in living rooms and bathrooms. It is available in a beautiful range of colours and different sizes so there are almost endless possibilities.
Installing travertine tiles will give your indoor floor a heavenly touch. These tiles are mainly installed on bathroom walls or kitchen and living room floors, and there is a variety of finishes including honed, polished and tumbled.
Honed is a matte finish travertine that looks smooth and clean but is not shiny. Polished, as the name indicates, gives travertine a beautiful shine, but it can be very slippery when used in a wet area. Tumbled means that the cut tiles are put into a machine and rotated until the edges are rounded, lightly exfoliating the surface and making it less slippery.

2. Travertine paving for outdoors


Installing travertine pavers outdoors is a popular option for many homeowners but, if you are thinking of installing them outdoors, we strongly suggest you go for tumbled or honed finish pavers as they are non slippery, unlike polished travertine pavers.
Opting for a tumbled or honed finish look will help keep unwanted dirt and dust away so there’s no need to worry about cleaning and maintaining the tiles.

3. Capping and step treads

Due to its strength and wear-resistant properties, travertine is considered a fantastic option for stairs. One of the main reasons why builders recommend travertine stones for stairs is its versatility and easy installation, plus the tumbled and water-resistant surface of travertine stone makes it an ideal material for pool edging and step treads.

4. Fireplaces, hearths and mantelpieces

If you have a fireplace, travertine stone will give it a more natural aesthetic, and will add warmth and beauty to any mantelpiece or hearth. Travertine is also relatively heat-resistant, which makes it a safer option for use in and around fireplaces.

5. Kitchen and barbeque tops

Another use for travertine is installing it on kitchen benchtops. These can be installed indoors or outdoors and are available in large sizes, making it a beautiful feature for your home or garden.

6. Wall Cladding

If you are considering building a feature wall in your back or front garden, travertine is a perfect option for wall cladding as it will bring your outdoor space to life. There is a wide range of options available to create something unique, and you can finish the wall off with travertine capping to match.

7. Stepping Stones

If you’re creating a backyard feature or stepping stone path to your home, travertine pavers are an ideal natural stone choice. Travertine stepping stones can be made in different sizes, whether you prefer a more intricate design using smaller pavers, or large pavers to make a grand statement.

The Bottom Line About Travertine

In a nutshell, travertine is durable and full of character and warmth. It’s versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes so, if you’re looking for a stone paver that brings a natural look to your place, consider using travertine. Attila’s Natural Stone has the best range of stone available in the market and has the most extensive range of travertine in Melbourne.

If you’d like more information, reach out to their stone experts online. They have years of experience helping people like you choose the best natural stone pavers to transform their house into a home.