One way of making your home standout in style is using Travertine flooring, this style of flooring will work virtually everywhere in your home and the designs and styles are numerous which also makes it very versatile. The ranges of flooring are numerous and finding the perfect design to fit in with your decor is easy, however if you want to totally change your decor and try something new here are some Travertine flooring ideas you might not have considered.
If you are new to Travertine flooring you can also find helpful tips and advice on the flooring to get your creative mind flowing.
To begin with Travertine flooring is also known by several other names, some of the most common include Oriental alabaster, Egyptian alabaster, onyx marbles and Mexican onyx. This beautiful flooring is actually composed of natural sedimentary rock which belongs to the family known as limestone and not only adds style to your home but also value.
Good and Bad Points
As with all types of flooring Travertine has both good and bad points which have to be considered before going for this type of flooring. Its good points include being tough and hard wearing and there is a diverse range of styles to choose from as the stone comes in a wide range of some of the most beautiful colours imaginable and one of the biggest pluses, it is a relatively simple floor to lay down.
The bad points are if you like a highly polished surface then they can become very slippery which could cause problems when laid in areas of high traffic and you have to avoid the use of acidic products on the unsealed stone. Acidic products which could spoil the beauty of this natural stone include the spillage of orange juice or vinegar so great care has to be taken and thought has to be given when thinking of installing in the kitchen or dining area.
Travertine Ideas and Finishes
Another plus which bodes well when it comes to diversity is the fact that the flooring comes in four different finishes, the choice of which to some extent will depend on where you intend to install the flooring.
One of the most beautiful finishes due to the way that the stone reflects the light is the polished stone, but as mentioned before this can be slippery. A smooth surface can be found with the honed stone due to its matte finish and brushed and tumbled stone has a slightly textured surface which holds a beauty entirely of its own.
Whether you are trying to portray a contemporary or rustic image Travertine flooring is unbeatable. When going for the rustic look then a cream or natural coloured stone that has a brushed surface and is left unfilled will indeed give just that.
Filled polished tiles are used for a more conservative look due to their highly reflective surface and look gorgeous when laid out over a larger open plan area. If you want a different look with travertine flooring you can choose to go mosaic and of course the rustic honed surface is the perfect choice when it comes to designing a mosaic floor.
Unusual Uses for Travertine Flooring
Although traditionally Travertine flooring is of course used when it comes to installing new flooring it can also produce stunning effects when used for more unusual decoration.
Some uses which can show Travertine off at its best include using polished stone in the kitchen for counter tops, using matte stone on the floor of the shower stall and highly polished stone on the walls and ceiling of the unit and even when it comes to making a feature wall in the living room. Due to the natural beauty of a brushed or tumbled stone incorporating inconsistency and texture on each individual stone, a Travertine feature wall commands attention and makes your home standout in style.