Travertine is a very versatile tile, which can be use indoor or outdoor.

Perfect for kitchens or outdoor patios, this natural stone is available in a wide range of finishes.

Travertine Tile Finishes Explains

Travertine tile is produced and finished in a variety of styles. The most common of those finishes are honed, tumbled, polished, brushed, and chiseled edged.

With most of the Travertine types, surface holes are a naturally occurring phenomenon and some finishes will be offered in filled or unfilled Travertine tiles.

Here are details on each type of finish to help you decide which style of Travertine tile is best for your kitchen, bathroom or outdoor project.

Honed Finish Travertine – Filled or Unfilled

Honed finish Travertine tile can be filled or unfilled. A honed stone has a smooth texture and finish that is achieved by grinding one side of the unfinished stone. The finish can range from a dull matte to a satin or high sheen. Honed and filled Travertine is one of the most common forms of this popular stone. It can be used indoors, outdoors, on floors, walls, bathrooms, showers, kitchens and pool areas.

Tumbled Travertine Finish

Tumbled Travertine is a process where many pieces of stone that have been cut to the same size are placed in a rubber coated or plastic barrel with an abrasive grit and water. The items are packed in such a way that the pieces rub against each other with the grit between them.

Depending on the finish desired, this process can take 3-5 weeks. Tumbled stone is typically unfilled when purchased and can be left that way after installation or filled with grout by the installer during the grouting phase. It is important to note that tumbled travertine should be sealed before and after grouting.

Like Honed Travertine tumbled Travertine can be used inside and out; it’s popular for walk-in showers, tub surrounds, and backsplashes.

Brushed Travertine Tile

A brushed Travertine finish is obtained by brushing the surface of the stone with a rotary wire wheel or brush until the desired texture is achieved. Brushed stone is often unfilled and not as common as honed or tumbled stone. You’ll find it combined with patterned Travertine; it can be used anywhere that honed and tumbled Travertine can be.

Polished Travertine Tile Finish

A polished Travertine finish is acquired much the same way as a honed finish. In most cases polished stone has been filled.

Polished stone has a smooth texture and a gloss or semi-gloss finish that can some times be reflective. The color of a polished stone is not as dramatically affected by enhancing sealers which darken most of other finishes.

Polished Travertine is common in smaller sizes like an 8×12 or 4×4 and is used as a wall tile or insert piece. Because it tends to be slicker when wet it is not recommended as a floor covering in wet areas.

Straight Edge Travertine Tile Finish

Straight Edge (sometimes known as saw cut) Travertine is stone that was cut from a slab or block and then un-modified after that. Straight edge Travertine has a finish that ranges from smooth to rough based on the quality of the stone, type of stone and type of blade used to cut the stone. It is a popular finish for pavers, but can be found in other sizes for use inside and out.

Chiseled Edge Travertine Finish

Chiseled edge Travertine has a rough irregular edge instead of the straight or beveled edge that most other cuts of stone would have. The chiseled edge is intended to give the stone an aged or weathered appearance.

The chiseled edge can be applied to any finish; however it is commonly paired with a brushed or honed finish. Chiseling can be done by hand or with a machine. A chiseled edge finish is common with many varieties of Travertine, including Roman and Versailles patterns and can be used in the same way that tumbled and honed Travertine can be.