An intricately designed travertine backsplash on display.

All About Travertine

Travertine is a form of limestone used as flooring, tiles, and sometimes more exotic uses. It comes in a wide variety of colors including white, cream, tan, and rusty brown. Travertine is a attractive option for homeowners looking for elegant stone in their house. Is Travertine right for you?

Pros and Cons


  • Travertine tiles are relatively affordable.
  • It has a timeless look and comes in a varied selection of colors and patterns.
  • Travertine is durable and unlikely to crack even under extreme temperatures.
  • The natural non-slip texture of the tiles makes them a good fit for floor surfaces.
  • Tiles made of travertine are easy to cut, shape, and work with. When installed, they create a uniform look even in oddly shaped areas of the home.


  • Travertine is a naturally porous material that may show signs of wear over years of use.
  • This kind of stone needs regular maintenance to stay looking its best.
  • The tiles may stain or etch if spills aren’t cleaned up promptly.
  • Travertine reacts poorly when exposed to acids like tomato or citrus juice. This makes it a risky choice for kitchen counters.

Where Can You Use Travertine?

  • Anywhere you want to make a big visual impact, for instance as the floor of the entrance hall to your home.
  • Outdoors, particularly on patios, pathways, or ringing a swimming pool.
  • Elegant bathrooms, particularly with walk-in showers that feature natural stone.
  • As an accent wall, particularly with more unusual or striking colors and patterns.
  • On staircases; the nonslip surface works well here.

How to Care for Travertine

  • Use a sealant on the travertine, reapplying regularly.
  • Clean the tile with gentle cleansing products.
  • Use soft cloths and rubber spatulas, not harsh scrubbing brushes or steel wool pads to lift dried-on spills and dirt.
  • Wipe away spills, particularly acid-based, as soon as they happen.


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