Design:

Travertine Is Trending… But We Never Stopped Loving It!

Words by Sacha Strebe.

Nicole Franzen
Nicole Franzen

It’s safe to say, we live in a visually saturated time. Our obsession with beautiful imagery has evolved from analog photographs and magazine cut-outs collaged on cork boards to virtual platforms where we like, save, and pin our favorites. We still do both around here—after all, nothing can replace the physical act of creating a vision board—but when we curate imagery digitally, it’s easier to spot repetition and there’s one thing we’ve been noticing a lot of recently: travertine furniture. 

Celebrated for its marble-like patterning and warm earth tones, travertine boasts swirls of warm, creamy hues that are unique to each piece. The organic textures, colors, and finish makes it a striking stone to add visual diversity to your home. A travertine dining table is a stylish statement that will make every meal feel special while a vintage coffee table or nightstand offers warmth and visual interest with its distinctive materiality. 

So, what is travertine exactly? Many mistake it for marble but it’s actually a type of limestone that forms around mineral spring deposits. While historically, much of the travertine used in architecture and artwork came from the mountains of Italy, today, most of what we buy is from Turkey, Iran, Mexico, and Peru. Aside from travertine furniture and décor, this time-honored material also makes beautiful flooring or an entire bathroom like Pernille Teisbaek (spot the travertine tub!).

Nicole Franzen
Nicole Franzen
Travertine Is Trending… But We Never Stopped Loving It!

We also love the neutral beauty as a grounding piece. In Athena’s Amagansett living room, a 1970’s Angelo Mangiarotti travertine coffee table sits pretty next to a 1960s bamboo armchair by Giovanni Travasa juxtaposing delightful friction between the slick of the rattan and the porous stone. For those who are new to the sedimentary stone and want to take it slow, then incorporate smaller decorative objects into your vignettes or make it functional via a travertine tray or catchall. Or get your creative cap on like Athena who created a bench behind her sofa by repurposing the reclaimed wood shelving from her former kitchen with two travertine bases from a vintage 70s glass-topped cocktail table. Now, that’s design magic!

If you’re designing your house from scratch, travertine also makes a stunning backsplash and this checkered travertine/Calacatta stone tile floor by Montana Labelle makes our heart skip a beat. However you want to incorporate travertine in your space, we agree with Domino’s style editor, Elaina Sullivan that “it’s an easy way to make your home seem a little like an old-school Italian villa without committing to limewashing your walls.” Amen. Keep reading for some of our favorite travertine furniture to style at home from affordable décor to investment pieces. 

Travertine Is Trending… But We Never Stopped Loving It!
Travertine Is Trending… But We Never Stopped Loving It!

Shop Our Favorite Travertine Furniture and Décor:

ROCA TRAVERTINE PILLAR CANDLE STAND LARGE

A little travertine can go a long way. These pillar candles would look great as the centerpiece of your tablescape or decorate your mantel for fall.

Montana Labelle Lupini Catchall

A travertine catchall is perfect for those spare keys, loose coins, or just on its own.

CB2 VIA LARGE TRAVERTINE KNOT

Add a knot in precious travertine to bring texture and visual delight to your coffee table or bookshelf.

CB2 CARBON BLACK TRAVERTINE BOWL

If neutral travertine doesn't tickle your fancy, then this striking black bowl with its interesting porous detail is sure to catch your eye.

CB2 UNFOLD TRAVERTINE SCULPTURE

Add visual interest to your space with the sculptural quality of this object d'art.

Zara Home Round Travertine Marble Candle Base

With fall just around the corner, these marble beauties will add texture and warmth to your space as the season cools down.

CB2 STACK RECTANGULAR TRAVERTINE TRAY

Display your favorites on a travertine tray in the office or on your kitchen counter.

CB2 CROYDON TRAVERTINE SCONCE

There's nothing the clash of a slick surface with a textured finish. This combines them both with beauty and grace.

Anthropologie Anya Travertine Console

This versatile piece is great for an entryway or behind a sofa with its smooth travertine stone top set against cylindrical, hardwood legs.

CB2 CARMELO TRAVERTINE SIDE TABLE

Position this little side table next to your bed like Athena in her Amagansett master. It's perfectly sized for a table lamp, book, and glass of water.

CB2 FIN TRAVERTINE TABLE LAMP

A sweet little lamp with a lot of personality.

CB2 CARVE TRAVERTINE SMALL COCKTAIL TABLE

Inspired by 1970s Italian modern designs, this unpolished travertine cocktail table looks good alone or as a trio with its brutalist-esque look.

​​&Tradition Collect SC55 plate, beige travertine

This hand-polished travertine plate has a unique pattern that gives it a sophisticated character. Use the plate for displaying small items or serving nuts for guests.

CB2 EXPOSIOR TRAVERTINE TABLE LAMP MODEL 2021

This sleek industrial metal lamp is juxtaposed against a natural travertine stone base. Perfect for a living room side table, home office, or nightstand.

Plain Travertine Coasters

Upgrade your coasters with the textured surface of travertine stone.

Travertine Base Art Display

Elevate a sculpture or objet d'art with this travertine base and create a varied line of sight on your mantel or coffee table.

Roman Travertine Centerpiece Dish

Serve in style with a travertine dish that will wow your guests.

Travertine Soap Dish

Everything can be elevated with travertine. Case in point, this delightful soap dish that makes even the simplest of things like washing your hands feel like luxury.

Modern Travertine Stone Dog Bowl

Even our pets deserve the best. Elevate their meals with this chic travertine bowl.

Vintage Italian Travertine Planter or Table Base

Put your cactus or olive tree in this beauty and see your living room come to life.

1980s Mid Century Italian Travertine Side Table

Bring a little 80s mid-century home with this side table that will sit pretty even without anything on it.

Vernet Travertine Cane End Table

A little rattan, a little travertine—it's a match made in design heaven.

One Kings Lane Travertine Sphere, Tan

A sphere is a great addition to any vignette with its smooth lines and curves.

Shop Our Favorite Investment Pieces:

1970s Italian Travertine Nesting Coffee Tables - Set of 2

These nesting tables add a unique pov to any space with their triangular shape.

Montana Labelle Isolation Coffee Table

This modern coffee table features clean lines for that true minimalist look.

Travertine Pedestals

Position these in a lonely corner with a sculpture or primitive pot to break the visual planes in a room.

Contemporary

One for each side of the bed, the unique design of these tables is guaranteed to elevate any space.

Monumental Italian Travertine Dining Table After Mario Bellini

Impressive travertine dining table in the style of Mario Bellini's Il Colonnato. This sculptural table consists of a large square top of smooth filled travertine and four tapered columns of unfilled, unpolished stone. The combination of organic textures, colors, and finish is quite striking.

A magnificent piece reminiscent of the work of iconic Italian masters Mario Bellini and Angelo Mangiarotti

Vintage Kreiss Neoclassical Custom Travertine Marble Beveled Edge Dining Table

This is what an at-home dining experience should look like featuring a beautiful Travertine Marble Top with a 3” beveled edge and two clover-shaped pedestal bases.

Montana Labelle Isolation Marble Table Travertine

Sleek, chic, and classic—this side table has the trifecta.

Modernist Italian Travertine & Brass Side Table by Vico Magistretti for Cattelan

Bring Italy home with this stunning side table featuring oxidized brass and a travertine base.

Vintage Postmodern Travertine End Table

This piece has all the charm of the late 70s early 80s and we love the additional texture with the raw edge.

1970s Travertine 15

This chic cube is an investment piece. It will never go out of style.

Mid-Century Italian Travertine Coffee Table, 1980s

This will be the centerpiece of any room. Such a stunner.

Sculpted Travertine by Henry Wilson

Handmade in Sydney, Australia, this sculptural sconce is carved in two halves from solid stone. So beautiful.

This side table looks like the bench behind Athena's couch in her Amagansett living room. It has a unique look and beauty that transcends time.

Bring in a hint of the neutral beauty with this striking travertine candleholder.

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