Travertine Tiles And The Look They Give Your Bathroom

If you are looking to renovate your home prior to moving, or are just planning a fresh new look for your own enjoyment, tiles can really add the wow factor to your living space. Although they are usually reserved for the kitchen or bathroom, many people are discovering just how versatile tiles can be when used in other rooms. In living rooms, for example, they can be laid in conjunction with the latest under-floor heating to offer a flooring solution that is both practical and stylish. Specialising in bespoke decorative plaster mouldings, covings and cornices, Locker and Riley are the UK’s leading fibrous plaster experts.

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Travertine tiles are among the most popular choices when it comes to selecting tiles for home improvements and the earthy tones and natural ‘pitted’ finish will add a look that is both stylish and rustic. For formal spaces, you can select tiles that have been polished and with the pits filled.

Natural Stone

Made from a sedimentary rock, travertine is created in hot springs and in caves. The colour of the stone depends on which minerals are around during its formation and the resulting tones in beige, white, yellow and cream are perfect to complement the décor in modern homes. The beautiful ‘pitted’ finish is a result of water which is rich in carbon dioxide passing over the stone over thousands of years. Travertine has been used as a building material since ancient times and traces of it can be found in buildings such as the Colosseum.

You will find that travertine tiles can be laid in a variety of spaces and can add a stylish finish to almost every room. They are not just for floors and walls, as they can also be used to create counter tops, basins and decorative features. They are particularly good when used in conjunction with under-floor heating as the porous material conducts heat, making them idea for wet rooms and even as a floor tile in living rooms.

They are also ideal for outdoor use – such as a patio or pool surround – and the resilient stone will withstand the elements for many years. Another advantage of travertine is that it is far easier to drill into than ceramic tiles, ensuring the simple fitting of towel rails and other accessories.

Easy Maintenance

Regular care and maintenance will ensure your tiles retain their beauty for years to come. Once they have been installed, tiles should be sealed with a specific product designed for travertine. It is essential to deal with spillages as soon as they occur as the porous material of the tiles will soak up liquids and could cause damage. Acidic substances such as vinegar and juice may cause further damage. Keep tiles clean by using use a damp cloth or mop and consider buying a cleaning product designed for use on natural stone.

Travertine is a natural stone which offers a luxurious yet rustic look when used as a construction material in and around the home. While more commonly used for tiles, travertine can also be used for fireplaces, basins and counter tops. Its earthy shades offer a warm feel and because it is a natural product it will satisfy the desire for materials which are eco-friendly and fully sustainable.

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