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Travertine fireplace definition, Design ideas and tile types

Travertine fireplace definition, Design ideas and tile types

Travertine Fireplace:

Traditionally, the centerpiece of the house, fireplaces provide warmth and light during the winters. For many people, there is nothing more relaxing and comfortable than getting cozy near a blazing fire during cold winter nights. Whether it is wood that you burn in the fireplace or it is natural gas that you are using, travertine fireplace can help in not only highlighting this beautiful feature of your home but is also long lasting.

Why Travertine tiles?

Travertine tiles are durable because they are resistant to heat and are non-flammable so in addition to adding value to your home they can provide a safe space between your home and fireplace. They can also withstand significant changes in temperature which happens when using a fireplace so you can decorate the fireplace with any type of color, style and pattern with travertine tiles and give your fireplace a rich distinctive look with an antique touch that occurs due to this stone’s timeless appearance.

Another great thing about using travertine tiles for fireplace is that it requires a very few tiles. So you can even go for the premium quality ones without making a dent in your wallet and you will end up with an amazing looking travertine fireplace.

Alternative Natural Stone Fireplace tiles:

Granite tiles:

One of the toughest natural stones granite is extremely durable, heat resistant and virtually scratch proof. If strength is your primary factor in choosing a fireplace tile then you should definitely go for granite. It is an excellent choice to tile fireplace hearth and another plus point is that they are quite easy to clean. But granite does not have alluring beauty and shine like the travertine stone.

Marble tiles:

Last but not least marble tiles have always been fireplace favorite. Marble gives a classic and luxurious look with its variety of colors and veining. Like granite it is sturdy and heat-resistant making it appealing for fireplace hearth as well as surround. Its color ranges from white to black which along with granite is most commonly used in hearths. But marble tiles are a really expensive investment and they might not be for homeowners who are on a budget.

Types of Fireplace tiles:

Fireplace surround tiles: 

The fireplace surround tiles can be just about any material as they are only for decoration purpose. 

Fireplace hearth tiles:

Floor tiles should be used  for fireplace hearth as they are comparatively thicker and more durable than wall tiles. Also, these tiles should be rated very strong because fireplace hearth tiles are bound to take a pounding in the form of piled up logs or the occasional heavy fire poker falling on it

Travertine Fireplace design ideas:

The above shown travertine surround fireplace design gives a sleek and contemporary look. The two glass sides set perpendicular to each other adds visual from different perspectives.

By making the fireplace the central element, homeowners can have a sense of direction when position the furniture in the room. The surrounding travertine also stone helps set the tone of the sofas and chairs.

This design is for tech savvy people who want to lounge around with friends or have a family gathering and enjoy a movie night.

This is another double-sided fire place design which separates and at the connects the living room and dining room. A mix of stone floors and travertine fireplace surround gives the whole house a modern touch.

This fireplace with travertine surround wall gives off a grand appearance with split woods under wooden bench.

This unique design places the fireplace in the corner of the room giving it a focal point.

This fireplace is made of a grand travertine stone with wooden floors and plaster ceilings.

Travertine fireplace maintenance tips:

If you are going to use travertine tiles for fireplace surround walls then follow these tips to increase the durability and longevity of your natural stone.

  • Avoid scratched on your travertine walls in order to avoid repeated polishing.
  • Keeps liquids of acidic nature away from walls as they can cause permanent stain and damage
  • If you are going to burn wood in your fireplace make sure to clean the surround walls to avoid dust on the tiles.
  • Take caution when cleaning and only use product recommended by professionals.


Fireplaces are a focal point of a room and the unique patterns plus the color depth of natural stone tiles can bring elegance to any home environment. With their timeless look, sturdiness and resilience to extreme temperatures and the high cost of other natural stones travertine tiles are now becoming the popular and practical choice for fireplace design. They are the smartest option any homeowner could make as it will add beauty and value to your house and life.


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