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101 Guide to Travertine Effect Tiles

While much sought after there are drawbacks of travertine tiles. We look at factors you should consider before purchase and why travertine-effect tiles might be a better fit...

In recent years travertine tiles have been a popular choice of natural stone to use in homes. Their classic timeless look and versatility, along with a wide choice of shades and finishes mean they will stand the test of time in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways alike.

There are, however, a few drawbacks of travertine tiles. We’ll take a look at a few things you should consider before opting for travertine tiles and how you can get the desired look with travertine-effect tiles instead.

3 Things You Should Know About Travertine Tiles

Whilst the aesthetic looks and versatile nature of travertine tiles is appealing, there are a few things you should know about them and why travertine-effect tiles might be a better option for your home.

1. The Cost

Travertine tiles are a pricey investment for your home. You’ll want to make sure you choose high-quality travertine tiles to stand the test of time and these can be very costly - up to £80 per square metre.

2. Nature of the stone

Travertine is a very porous stone with lots of holes found in its natural state. These holes are usually filled by manufacturers, however, the materials used to fill the holes will wear down over time.

To help combat this, it’s important to treat the tiles using a sealant to protect them during installation.

3. Maintenance and Care

Although travertine is considered as a durable and resilient material, it requires extensive care and maintenance to preserve its hardwearing properties.

As well as sealing the tiles during installation, they will need to be resealed and refilled every so often to maintain the beauty of the natural stone.

Why Choose Travertine Effect Tiles?

Travertine-effect tiles carry the practical properties of porcelain tiles, but with the timeless aesthetics of travertine tiles, making them the perfect alternative option.

Travertine-effect tiles are much more hardwearing than natural travertine. There are no holes in the structure of porcelain, unlike the porous natural stone. This also means travertine-effect tiles require far less maintenance and upkeep to preserve their attractive looks than their natural stone counterparts. No sealing or filling is needed; just clean them regularly as you would with any other tiled area to keep them looking great for years to come.

Good to know: Tile Giant have a great range of cleaning products available to keep your tiles in top condition.

Another great benefit is that travertine-effect tiles are much more cost effective. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful natural stone style floor - our large format travertine effect tiles cover large areas effortlessly and come in at under £60 per square metre.

From a practical perspective, if any damage is done to your travertine-effect tiles, you can easily find a matching tile to replace the damaged ones. This is much more difficult with natural travertine, as the wide variety of shades and finishes can make it impossible to find a good match.

Introducing the Caldera Tile Range

Our Caldera range features natural stone-effect porcelain tiles which give the stunning look of travertine without the high cost or hassle of care & maintenance.

The range consists of rectangular large format 60x120cm tiles, available in two colours; Grey and White. These tiles are suitable for both walls and floors and their soft tones will complement any area of your home. Both colourways feature striking vein details, replicating the elements found in natural stone to create a unique look and authentic feel.

The Caldera travertine-effect tiles combine the classic look of travertine with the practicality of porcelain tiles for an easy to maintain option that will look great for years to come.

Featured products: Caldera Grey Matt Tiles and Caldera White Matt Tiles

Styling Caldera Travertine Effect Tiles

Travertine is popular due to its versatility meaning it’s easy to keep your home updated with the latest interior trends. The same is true for our Caldera travertine-effect tiles; their soft neutral shades will match anything you pair them with - mix them with different textures or statement shades to keep your home on trend.

We’re taking a look at just how versatile the Caldera range is and showing you how these tiles can be styled around the home, from bathrooms to living areas.

We’ve opted for the Caldera tiles in Grey to create this on-trend and sleek modern bathroom. Using the same colour tiles on both the walls and floor creates a coordinated and stylish, whilst also very practical finish to the room.

We’ve paired it with black accessories to create contrast against the soft grey hues of the tiles and used complementing grey storage units to continue to clean and sleek look.

Trend Watch: If you love the grey bathroom trend, check out our recent blog post for inspiration to create your dream grey bathroom.

For this open plan living and dining area, we chose the Caldera tiles in White. The soft white shade helps to brighten up the space whilst the use of large format tiles elongates the room and makes it feel more open and spacious.

We also love the idea of dividing the room using the second tile colourway; use the white Caldera tiles for the living area and the grey Caldera tiles for the dining area for a sophisticated feel.

Feeling inspired to transform your home with our Caldera travertine effect tiles? Share your snaps with us by tagging us on Instagram.

Why Tile Giant?

We offer extremely competitive pricing on our entire range of tiles and our Caldera tiles are both competitive for retail and trade.

Our stock is widely available in our 90+ showrooms which are open to browse at your leisure.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer to shop our tiles online, we can supply you with up to 3 free cut samples delivered for free.

Not only that but Tile Giant also offer a buyback service on any unused tiles (T&Cs apply), meaning you get great value for money.

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