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Top 10 modern uses for travertine

Travertine has been used for centuries to build exquisite architectural marvels that are still standing to this day, and its proven durability and lasting beauty have continued to prompt builders and homeowners to choose travertine tiles or pavers in modern building projects. This natural stone is so versatile, it can be used in a number of places both inside and outside. Here are the top 10 uses for travertine that residents and builders are taking advantage of in today's projects.

1. Floors and walls
Travertine tiles are a great choice when it comes to floors and walls. Kitchens, hallways, foyers and bathrooms can all benefit from travertine floors, which can suit a variety of decor styles and stand up to frequent foot traffic and kitchen messes when they're properly sealed. Travertine tiled walls are a popular choice for impressive hotel lobbies or convention centers.

2. Countertops and backsplashes
Whether in the kitchen or the bathroom, travertine makes a wonderful material for the countertop and backsplash. It's easy to clean and can elevate the look of a bathroom or kitchen without having to do major renovations, like switch out the cabinets or fixtures. Also, its many shades can blend with a variety of color schemes.

3. Shower stalls
Sealed travertine tiles are perfect to use in the shower, as they provide a natural, elegant aesthetic without showing water spots or soap residue easily, meaning that it'll look great even if you can't clean your shower every day.

4. Fireplaces
For an impressive fireplace that will become the focal point of a living room, travertine tile can be used to surround the fireplace and create a sophisticated mantel. It's much more of a conversation-starter than brick or other types of stone.

5. Pool decks
If you have a pool in your backyard, travertine pavers can be a fabulous choice for the deck. Not only is the surface slip-resistant, which is useful in such a big splash zone, but the pavers stay cool even on hot days, meaning bare feet won't be scorched. Pool coping can also provide a seamless look, turning your pool into a spa-like oasis.

6. Driveways
There's nothing exciting about concrete driveways, but travertine pavers can add a wow factor to your property. It gives your home great curb appeal and is durable enough to stand up to lots of wear and tear as well as heat/thaw cycles.

7. Fire pits
If you love to entertain in your backyard, there's nothing better than a fire pit to gather around on a cool summer or fall night. Travertine pavers can mold the pit and create seating areas for family and friends to use.

8. Courtyards and patios
Whether you have a patio in the back of your home or a courtyard in back of a hotel, travertine pavers are an impressive choice that will dazzle your guests. It's tasteful and can match a variety of exteriors, and there are many patterns you can choose when it comes to the layout.

9. Walkways and paths
A walkway leading to your front door or a meandering path showing guests through your garden can be made much more attractive with the use of these natural stone pavers. The best part is that they're easy to install yourself with a wet or dry setting.

10. Stairs
Inside or outside, travertine tiles and pavers can make for some stunning stairways. Whether you need a nice stoop for your front door or a step or two leading to an elevated room in your home, travertine is an elegant choice.

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