While marble countertops are known for being luxurious, travertine countertops are a popular, stunning, and cost-effective alternative. Travertine, like marble, is a natural stone that offers a similar look. If you're looking to create a traditional, old-world design, travertine offers elegance and a delicate appearance. Here are some inspirational tips on how to incorporate this classic stone into your bathroom or kitchen design.
Advantages of Travertine Countertops
Travertine is available in many rich creamy shades of ivory, beige, walnut, gold, and cream. This natural stone has a distressed look, and features tiny holes, natural imperfections, and lovely natural veining. When used as a countertop, you'll end up with a very durable surface that will last longer than most materials. Like marble, travertine is very sturdy and has been used outdoors for centuries. In fact, it was used in the Roman Empire for buildings and monuments. It's a material that can be used outdoors because it absorbs water and moisture, making it an excellent material choice for bathroom and kitchen countertops.
Travertine is easily cut, shaped, and fabricated, making it the perfect stone for uniquely shaped edges and elegantly curved kitchen island countertops. Like most natural stone countertops, properly sealing travertine will help shield surfaces from foods and liquids that could harm it. Glossy, polished, and sealed travertine is virtually resistant to staining and heat, and is an eco-friendly material choice.
Travertine Options to Consider
If you want a smooth, uninterrupted appearance, consider going with a slab of travertine for your countertops, and if you want more texture and interest, consider going with travertine tile. Then choose the right finish, which can range from polished, matte, brushed, or tumbled. Travertine countertops look beautiful when they're paired with stainless steel or black appliances, and any hardware finish—ranging from nickel to bronze. This material also offers many stunning options for coordinating tile that can be used on the backsplash or floor. The Travertine Collection features a variety of options that can be used on the counter or as complementary accents alongside a travertine slab countertop. Choose between simple field tile, stacked split-faced stone, mosaic tile, basket-weave tile, and numerous trim tiles.
Whether you're going for a rustic French country look or an elegant, contemporary vibe, travertine countertops can help you achieve your design goals. When you're ready to choose the perfect slab or tile to feature, head to your local Daltile stone showroom or slab yard to get started.