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All about Travertine Floor Tile

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Natural Stone

One more rustic-looking natural stone that gets a lot of use these days is travertine. There is also a lot of confusion amongst homeowners about travertine is and how to use it well. Like with any flooring material, the more you learn about it, the better suited you are to deciding if it’s right for your home.

Formed in Natural Springs

Chemically speaking, travertine is actually a limestone. This means that it is a sedimentary stone made up primarily of calcite. But while most limestone formed on shell reefs, travertine formed inside cooling hot springs.

When the mud of the hot springs began to cool, the remaining water vapor pushed its way up and out of the forming stone. This left behind hundreds of tiny channels behind in the rock. When travertine is cut into tile, the channels present themselves as holes in the surface of the material.

Filling Up the Holes

The many holes in travertine help to give it its naturally rustic appearance, but they also make the stone weaker than other types of limestone. Therefore, the holes need to be filled either with epoxy or grout to help strengthen the stone. This can be done at the factory for honed and polished stones, or at the time of installation for more rustic styles. Leaving a few holes uncovered will not damage the stone, but it could cause it to attract dirt and stains.

Chemically Limestone

Remember that travertine is limestone, so while it looks like a harder rock, it’s actually one of the softer stone tile options around. Rustic, tumbled travertine often hides scratches and stains fairly well because of its texture. Honed and polished varieties are very easily scratched and stained, however, so care should always be taken when using travertine in high traffic or wet areas.

Maintenance

To help protect the travertine from staining, it should be sealed with an impregnating, silicone-based sealer on a regular basis. This will help fill up any unseen holes and prevent the stone from absorbing moisture.

If you want a naturally rustic stone that will eventually patina and soften to a beautiful finish, consider travertine for your next installation.

Stone Creates Rich Feel in Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

This Naples hotel spa captures the best of the old and modern worlds with its beautiful stone work combined with a modern soaking pool and a comfy chaise in the corner. Can you recreate this mood in your own home? Let’s see what we can do.

To start, look at a tumbled light-toned stone such as a travertine. The soft creams, grays and beiges gain a connection with an almost white grout to mirror the walls and ceiling in this photo. While you may not be able to produce the almost magical columns moving into arched ceilings, an arch could be added to one wall to provide some curvy lines.

The soft tones of the light in this space come from the deep window wells created by walls several feet thick. Instead of this unreachable option, using glass tile or sheer curtains would reduce any glare and bring in only gentle daylight.

It’s impractical to fit a chaise in most bathrooms, but instead, a wooden bench with a white cushion provides a soft spot to rest without taking up too much room.

The final feature comes from that lovely blue pool. Get a similar feel with a nice deep spa tub to relax in and bring that blue water’s color into the room with towels and accessories.

While most of us may never have a chance to spend time in a pool like this, with a bit of imagination you can turn your bathroom into a place for you to relax and take a break from the day’s stresses in your own spa bathroom.