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Travertine Is the Next Surface Du Jour

Used for building temples, bath houses and amphitheaters in Rome, travertine is a stunning decorative surface.

According to Architectural Digest, “the block can be cut in two ways,” explains Delgado-Elias, who has previously used travertine as flooring and for outdoor furniture. “One leaves graphic lines that you could use vertically or horizontally; the other gives you different tones and shades of color. You can use it anywhere you would like, keeping in mind that [it] is a natural stone that will patina and stain with time.”

Competing with marble and terrazzo, travertine is becoming quite the star in decorating.

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