The natural warmth of travertine makes this stone a popular choice for the kitchen and bath. Travertine, which is a type of limestone, ranges in color from creamy white with silver and gray tones, to beige and tan. For interior decorating purposes, travertine tiles are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be crafted for both floor and wall applications. If you're looking for a unique way to incorporate textural contrast into your kitchen, here are some ideas for adding a travertine subway tile backsplash.
Go with a Classic Subway Tile Pattern
For a simple, understated backsplash, consider going with a neutral shade of travertine subway tile. This design element will add depth and beauty to your kitchen without overwhelming the space. As an alternative to classic white subway tile, travertine tiles offer a unique, natural look, and are perfect for the backsplash. In white kitchens, an off-white shade of travertine provides just enough contrast to help avoid a flat, one-dimensional look. Additionally, the rougher edges and tiny holes that are characteristic of travertine subway tile add texture and beauty that pairs well with a variety of kitchen designs.
Choose a Perfect Finish
Travertine, like most other stones used in home design, can be manufactured using a variety of finishing methods. Different finishes alter the look of the stone, giving homeowners and designers a wider range of options. Travertine often comes in a honed finish, which offers a modern, smooth look, but is less shiny than a highly polished or glossy finish. If you're debating between the two, check out the Mediterranean Ivory shade of travertine, which is available in both a honed and polished finish. And if you want a look that's a bit more unique, consider going with a tumbled finish, which carries a more rustic appearance and fits well with artisanal decor. For example, Ivory Classico, which is available in both a square and subway-tile size, offers a tumbled look.
Don't Forget about the Cut
The cut of the stone you choose can also change the look of the final tile product. Each slab of travertine contains mineral veins running through the stone, and the end result will depend on how travertine is cut to form tiles. The traditional look of travertine is known as a cross-cut, and newer vein-cut stones are cut in the direction of the veins, resulting in horizontal striations throughout the surface of the tile. Vein-cut tiles provide another option to further increase the beauty of your backsplash. For instance, Fossil Ridge vein-cut travertine tiles are slightly more elongated than traditional travertine subway tiles, but they can still be placed in a brick-joint pattern that's similar to traditional subway tiles. The longer size also contributes a modern touch to your decor.
Travertine adds natural texture and warmth that blends in with nearly every kitchen design, and in terms of care and maintenance, it's a long-lasting stone that's easy to clean and maintain after it is sealed. If you imagine your dream kitchen having a natural stone backsplash, consider going with one of the many styles and colors that travertine subway tile offers. Visit a Daltile showroom today to check out the possibilities.