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Rustic Travertine

27th April 2016

By Ben Cherry

Over the past eight months, I have been busy renovating my house and most recently the conservatory. I’ve always wanted to use the Rustic Travertine tiles as I really like their aged appearance, so I thought this was the perfect area to lay them. I used rectangular tiles in the kitchen but wanted something different in the conservatory, to distinguish between the areas, so I decided to lay the tiles in an opus pattern.

We at Floors of Stone can recommend the best substrate to lay the stone onto but at the end of the day it comes down to the property and the fitter. The best type of floor to lay the stone onto is concrete as it shouldn’t move and gives you a nice, flat surface to work from.

With the opus pattern we always recommend dry laying a few of the tiles first to allow you to see how the pattern works and to ensure that the tiles will all fit into place. With my area being pretty small, it didn’t take much to lay the tiles out and at the same time work out where to make my cuts.

I chose the Limestone colour grout as I felt this would work best with the Rustic Travertine and complement the natural, warm tones of the stone. When first applied, the grout appears dark but as you can see, once the grout dries it soon lightens up to its true colour.

 

I’m so pleased with the final look of the floor, and I’ve complemented it with wood-effect wallpaper, which ties in with the natural tones of the travertine, and storage made from old pallets to keep with the rustic look.

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