Let’s Talk Trends – Travertine

While you won’t see us giving timber and cheesecloth styled table scapes the boot anytime soon, we’ve got eyes for a hot new babe in town: travertine!

Used for centuries for building and furniture, travertine is now making it’s way in to the world of styling.

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A travertine accessory adds a touch of elegance to any space. The natural colouration of travertine makes it blend well with other accessories you already have without clashing because one stone compliments another so beautifully.

What is travertine?

Travertine stones are actually seashells that have been compressed to form a mineral deposit. The deposits, which have a beautiful appearance, are made of compacted limestone. This deposit can be either soft or hard depending on the environment that the stone is in.

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As recently as the 1980s, Italy was the only known location with travertine quarries—hence the reason you’ll notice the Italians make some amazing travertine furniture. Today, quarries are in operation all over the globe, including Turkey, Iran, and Mexico.

How are stylists using it?

Travertine “rough cuts” or “slabs” are great for styling. They bring a raw, textured element to your design.

We love using slabs of all shapes and sizes styled with candles, greenery and other accessories. It literally looks great with everything and comes in a range of colours and varying textures to play with.

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As an event styling trend we are just seeing it emerge and expect it to grow over the next couple of years.


You can buy travertine tiles locally in tile stores, hardware stores and some homeware stores stock travertine accessories.

Event hire companies are also starting to offer slabs for hire.

How we can help

We have started growing our collection of rough cuts and slabs and you’re going to start seeing a lot more travertine in our styling over the next few months.