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Travertine vs. Marble Tiles: What’s the Difference?

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Travertine and marble tiles each provide a classic and timeless option for the home. Although both of these tile options are created using natural stones, there are a few key differences to keep in mind when creating your new home’s colour and material scheme in order to ensure the most suitable option is used in the right application. We explore the differences between these two elegant designer tile solutions from their origins to their best use in your home.

What are Travertine Tiles?

A form of limestone, travertine is most often found in the areas surrounding mineral and hot springs. When formed into tiles, travertine can usually be used both inside and outside the home, making for a hard wearing and durable finish. Travertine tiles are available in unpolished and polished finishes, allowing for a range of versatile design solutions in and around the home. Outdoor travertine tile options will usually feature an unpolished finish which allows for optimum slip resistance, making them ideal for use as a pool surround tile for example. As with all natural stone tiles, travertine tiles are a porous material and must be sealed regularly in order to ensure they retain their resilience against staining or discolouration over time.

Tumbler_Travertine Tiles

Combining classic square and rectangular shaped tile formats, our Tumbler collection offers a slip resistant solution that can be used as an outdoor floor tile.

What are Marble Tiles?

Marble has been used in architecture and design for thousands of years! This classic and timeless material is available in a vast range of naturally occurring colours and patterns that are sourced from many different locations around the world such as Italy, Greece, Spain, India, China and Germany to name a few.

From luxurious minty green Jade Marble varieties to soft, milky white Carrara or Calacatta options, marble tiles are available in a wide selection of options. Similar to travertine tiles, marble tiles are also porous and will require sealing in order to keep them looking their best. These types of tiles are most often used in indoor applications and are especially popular as a kitchen splashback tile, as a bathroom wall tile or as a living room floor tile for an elegant and refined look in the home’s interior spaces.

Curve Mini_Marble Tiles

Our Curve Mini collection is available in a wide selection of natural marble options. These elegant and luxurious tiles can be used to create a stylish feature wall in any area of the home from the kitchen to the bathroom or living area.

How to use Marble & Travertine Tiles in your Home

Both marble and travertine tiles can be used throughout the home as either a floor or wall tile solution in most cases. Certain more decorative styles may be specified for vertical applications only however, you will find that most options offer more flexible application options.

Travertine tiles are often a popular choice for outdoor use, especially as a flooring solution surrounding an outdoor pool as their unpolished finish will provide strong slip resistance. Travertine tiles are also a popular choice in the bathroom, offering a warm and rustic aesthetic thanks to the softer colours and textures available in this type of timeless natural stone.

Marble tiles provide a classic option for all areas of the home, being more suitable for use in interior applications as opposed to outdoor areas. Marble tiles are often used as a feature element in the bathroom or the kitchen, creating a luxurious and opulent style that will pair well with a range of different materials and interior design styles. Marble floor tiles have also been a popular choice over the years with many homeowners opting to use this luxurious material as a flooring solution throughout an open plan living space.

Tappeto Marble Tiles

Different varieties of marble can be used to create intricate and ornate patterns in tile designs as demonstrated in our timeless Tappeto range.

Marble and travertine tiles can be used in a variety of applications in and around the home. Where marble tiles are often a better choice for interior spaces, travertine tiles offer the flexibility of being suitable for use in outdoor areas, allowing you a range of options to choose from when curating the perfect colour and materials scheme for your home.

Our team at Perini Tiles can assist and guide you through the process of selecting the perfect tiles and colour options to suit your desired design style. Whether you are visiting us in person or shopping for tiles online, our team is here to help!