Inspiration and DIY Designing a Travertine Backsplash

Photo features Brixton Sand 9 x 12 and 6 x 6 wall tile on the shower wall.

Photo features Brixton Sand 9 x 12 and 6 x 6 wall tile on the shower wall.

 
 

Designing a Travertine Backsplash

A travertine backsplash can add an elegant and luxurious touch to any space. Its soft color tones and gorgeous natural beauty provide the perfect backdrop for any design. You can pair it with a design that's neutral overall, or build on it with colorful, bold elements. Either way, you'll be able to create a space that will truly amaze your guests. Here are some inspirational tips and ideas.

Using Natural Travertine

A real travertine backsplash becomes an immediate feature of any kitchen, bathroom, or bar area. This naturally occurring limestone-based stone is formed around mineral springs—especially hot springs. This creates neutral shades of color, which can match any design, and gorgeous natural pockets and striations.

Check out the Travertine Collection. This line offers multiple shades and many different patterns. Use it as inspiration to come up with a perfect backsplash design, and keep in mind that because the stone comes in many shapes, you can create just about any pattern. Consider going with a brick-joint, mosaic, traditional cross-cut square, or basket-weave pattern. You can also create your own tile pattern to personalize the design of your room. The versatility of travertine means you can let your imagination be your guide.

Achieving the Look of Travertine

Some ceramic tiles are designed to give you the amazing look of travertine. For instance, Brixton ceramic floor and wall tile comes in varying shades that look like travertine, allowing you to choose the perfect color for the design you want. These series come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, and mosaics so you can create a unique backsplash.

Add a little gloss to any travertine-look backsplash design by going with glazed porcelain tiles. The slight sheen of glazed porcelain adds a bit of gleam to any room. For instance, the San Michele line is designed to look like travertine, and features the striations and slight color variations you find in the natural stone. Its straightforward cross-cut design also allows the beauty of the tile to shine through and stand out in any space. Similarly, the Alessi line would serve as the perfect neutral backsplash.

Designing Your Travertine Backsplash

A backsplash isn't just a backdrop. It can be a standout addition if you make the most out of the design. For instance, consider extending your backsplash around the entire kitchen or bathroom, or even down to the floor to create an amazing focal point. When you're working with a beautiful travertine tile, you can design a backsplash that you'll love for a very long time. When you're ready to choose the perfect travertine tile, head to your local Daltile retail dealer to check out the vast options in person.