Whether you’re embarking on a full kitchen renovation or you’re just looking for an easy way to update your kitchen’s decor, an eye-catching backsplash might be just the thing. Not only are backsplashes helpful when it comes to making kitchen cleanup a lot simpler, but they’re a quick fix for a space that needs a little more flair. As far as the material is concerned, travertine floors are your best bet.
Why travertine tile?
Wondering what makes travertine tile the perfect choice for a kitchen backsplash? It’s the fact that they’re made of natural stone! The warm colors and varying finishes of travertine tiles offer plenty of options when it comes to choosing a design for your backsplash.
For example, a contemporary kitchen would look fabulous with Honed and Filled travertine tiles, while the Brushed and Chiseled tiles could lend themselves beautifully to a rustic-themed kitchen. Whatever your design tastes are, there’s a travertine finish that’s perfect for you.
What’s travertine tile installation like?
If you’re the do-it-yourself type, DIY travertine installation is a fun, satisfying weekend project. All it takes is a clean wall surface behind your kitchen counters, thinset, grout, a grout float, a trowel and your tiles.
Start by measuring out the space you want covered by the tiles – a height of 18 inches is standard for a backsplash, and you’ll need to factor in the grout lines, which should account for about 1/8 inch per tile. Now do a dry layout of the tile to make sure you have the pattern and tile combinations you want.
Now spread your thinset over the wall and press your tiles into it, using spacers to separate the tiles and create even grout lines. Let it set overnight and then use the grout float to smooth grout into the lines. Wipe the excess off the tiles with a wet cloth, let it set for several days, then use sealer to finish the work and protect your investment.
How do you care for a travertine backsplash?
Since travertine is made of natural stone that’s porous and prone to acid damage, it’s important to note that regular cleaning products shouldn’t be used to maintain the cleanliness of your backsplash. Instead, you’ll need to use a pH-neutral natural stone cleaner, which you should be able to find in most hardware stores.
It’s also crucial to wipe up any messes that get onto your travertine backsplash as soon as possible. For example, if you make a pot of pasta sauce and some of it splashes up onto the tiled wall, you’ll need a damp cloth to wipe it away before a stain sets in!