Versatile Uses For Travertine

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Travertine's diverse appearance—creamy white to rusty brown, jaggedly porous to solidly dense—owes to its unusual origins. Slowly formed by mineral deposits, each travertine stone is shaped by a wide range of geological factors, including the presence of small organisms (sometimes found entombed in the stone). From fireplaces to floors, see how the timeless material can be used.

This recently-restored 1957 modernist masterpiece features a freestanding travertine-and-steel fireplace, open on all four sides, that divides the living and dining areas. Photo  of Versatile Uses For Travertine modern home

This recently-restored 1957 modernist masterpiece features a freestanding travertine-and-steel fireplace, open on all four sides, that divides the living and dining areas.

The residence’s two bathrooms present distinct material identities: In the main bathroom, located on the lower level near the couple’s bedroom, a custom stainless-steel bathtub designed by Gil contrasts with a wall clad in silver travertine. Photo  of Versatile Uses For Travertine modern home

A couple got their hands dirty in Brooklyn by rehabilitating a 19th-century tenement to reveal decades of layers and scores of possibilities. In the resulting design, the main bathroom features a custom stainless-steel bathtub that contrasts with a wall clad in silver travertine.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Dresser, Storage, Travertine Floor, and Table Lighting. The travertine floor for the guest bedroom came from a De La Espada showroom in Soho. When moving stores, the owners were considering throwing out their travertine floor, but Dealtry offered to install it in his home. Along with exposed ceiling beams, the tiles provide a sense of texture and warmth to the space. Photo by Tara Donne. Photo  of Versatile Uses For Travertine

A Brooklyn couple transformed a 150-year-old house into an elegant home for the future. The travertine floor for the guest bedroom came from a De La Espada showroom in Soho. Along with exposed ceiling beams, the tiles provide a sense of texture and warmth to the space. Photo by Tara Donne.

When the Hsus found themselves expecting a third child, they engaged Lang to enclose the upper part of their double-height living room to create a fourth bedroom and playroom-study upstairs. Additionally, Lang resurfaced the fireplace wall with massive slabs of filled silver travertine marble. The slabs were so large that one of them broke an adjoining floor-to-ceiling glass pane during installation. Photo  of Versatile Uses For Travertine modern home

When the Hsus family found themselves expecting a third child, they engaged an architect to enclose the upper part of their double-height living room to create a fourth bedroom and playroom-study upstairs. Additionally, the architect resurfaced the fireplace wall with massive slabs of filled silver travertine marble. The slabs were so large that one of them broke an adjoining floor-to-ceiling glass pane during installation.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Standard Layout Fireplace. In the living room, a travertine-topped coffee table by Paul McCobb pairs well with the Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System sofa. The Josef Albers print over the fireplace is an original, scored on eBay. Photo  of Versatile Uses For Travertine

Seeking a modern shell for their mid-century pieces, a pair of collectors found a relatively untouched Eichler in San Rafael, California—and a built-in excuse to acquire more furniture. In the living room, a travertine-topped coffee table by Paul McCobb pairs well with the Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System sofa. The Josef Albers print over the fireplace is an original, scored on eBay.

The kids gather around the Heywood-Wakefield dining set, which Terry purchased from Mainly Art in Cincinnati. The flooring in the kitchen and living area is honed travertine from The Great Indoors. Photo  of Versatile Uses For Travertine modern home

This renovated 1940s home in a Cincinatti suburb features honed travertine flooring—i.e. travertine smoothed out from grinding and/or filling its pockets—in its kitchen and living areas.

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