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When it comes to tile designs, there’s a vast array of options that you can choose from. That said, the travertine design stands out.
As you are aware, travertine tile patterns are as old as the Roman era. History tells us that travertine was known as “lapis Tiburtinus.” It was taken from a town called the Tiber, now known as Tivoli. Today, natural travertine tiles are ideal for buildings. However, they can also be used in kitchens and bathrooms, especially in high-end homes or hotels. They may be similar to marble, but they’re much cheaper, which makes them perfect for covering large areas.
Let’s learn more about them and how they can be incorporated into your home improvement project. Here are five travertine tile design ideas for your home.
New Patterns from Old Traditions
Let’s start with incorporating new travertine patterns from old traditions. History tells us that the Romans used white travertine in between bricks in the Colosseum, which made them stronger. Today, you can create checkerboard patterns out of travertine tiles for your floor. You can also use white travertine tiles with other tiles and colours. The goal is to create exciting and unusual checkerboard or herringbone patterns. Creating new patterns inspired by the old traditions will surely make a big difference in your home improvement project.
Grain (or Not) for Hatched Look
When it comes to design possibilities, there’s more to travertine than meets the eye. If you prefer a subtle approach, you can opt for tiles that have veins, such as wood grain. If you want a hatched look, you can use travertine tiles with the “grain” in a crosshatch pattern. This will give an overall herringbone thatched look. Use subway tiles with the grain all in one direction to create a truly unique, subtle, and modern touch to your home’s overall look and appearance.
Sure-Grip to Slippery Smooth Surface
It is worth noting that travertine comes from the calcareous buildup of lime in the hot spring areas. This is why it’s ideal for pool decks and outdoor patios. It can be filled or unfilled. Honed travertine is ground down further to a smooth finish while natural travertine is rough in texture. The latter offers a sure-grip around a pool, keeping people from slipping and sliding. On the other hand, the honed tiles can be as smooth as marble, making every design elaborate and intricate on the surface.
Earthy, Natural, Travertine Tones
Did you know that travertine is a layered rock created when limestone is put under pressure for thousands of years? Travertine has this natural, earthy tone. It can also come in white, just like limestone. However, it can also be beige, red, or warm gold in color. Such colours are perfect for your kitchen. You can incorporate red as a modern kitchen backsplash or rustic gold in a checkerboard pattern. It can create a rustic Italian look, making you feel like you’re living in Tuscany. It can also make a dramatic statement in your luxury kitchen.
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