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Limestone and Travertine Color Chart

AZUL ARMANI

CLASSIC

CREMA EUROPA

DURANGO
a1
FOSSIL GREEN
b1
GASCOGNE BEIGE
c1
GASCOGNE BLUE
d1
GIALLO PROVENZANO
d1
BROWNISH RED
e1
CLASIC WHITE
e2
TURKISH BRONZE
e3
WALNUT
d1
GOLDEN CARAMEL
e1
JERUSALEM GOLD
e2
NAVONA
e3
JERUSALEM GREY
d1
YELLOW
e1
CAPPUCINO
e2
CLOUDY BEIGE
e3
NOCE

All about Limestone
Limestone conveys calmness and serenity. Mystique and romance. A very soft, sensuous, and elegant natural stone. Yet, neutral and versatile.

It combines subtleness and sophistication. It's consistent in color adding warmth to the modern and contemporary home.

A flamed surface finish has a rustic feel. When honed or polished, the look becomes more refined. Tumbled limestone has an aged and antique feel. It feels lived in and comfortable. Over time this stone develops a patina creating an old world charm.

Limestone is layered and formed from the skeletons and shells of sea creatures that lived in warm seas millions of years ago. It will often contain seashells and fossils embedded in the surface. It is a unique natural stone and at times, contains visible mysteries of our past within. If limestone recrystallizes or "changes its structure", it turns into Marble.

Limestone is a calcareous stone which is highly reactive to acidic substances such as vinegar, wine, lemons, etc. The stone will react negatively to these acids by etching or dulling and showing rings.

Limestone varies greatly in hardness, density, and porosity from stone to stone. Some limestones are very soft and should not be cut on. Things such as coins, keys, and knives will scratch the stone's surface. Other limestones are very dense and hard and can be finished to a polished or a glossy shiny surface. Softer stones cannot be polished to this high gloss finish.

Some Limestone is very porous (soaks up liquids) and needs to be Sealed. The porosity will vary depending on the type of limestone. Examine the back of the stone. If the surface appears open or sponge like, this is a sign that the stone has a high rate of absorption. It is porous and will show stains easier. Once a stain is absorbed, it will be much harder to remove.

What is Limestone used for?
It is used for flooring, walls, and sinks. Limestone is used for kitchen islands, range hood covers, vanities, and for limited countertop use. Fireplaces, statues, columns, steps, pool decks, paving... It comes in slabs (large pieces/blocks of stone) or in tiles. Limestone is versatile.

Usually limestones are lighter in color. The colors are soft and earthy. Lighter creams, ivories, and smoky gray blues. Pastel shades of yellow to pink are available.

Limestone colors range from the creamy beiges to deep browns, reds and blacks. Think of white sandy beaches, falling rainwater, soft green leaves of budding trees in the spring... soft, sensuous colors.

Think about the surface finish you want for your stone. It will impact your look and feel.The harder types of limestone are capable of a high gloss polished finish.

Even though limestone may require occasional sealing and more frequent dusting to prevent scratching, it is a beautiful and durable natural stone. It will last your lifetime. Use great care when choosing limestone. Think of your lifestyle. Think of how you want the stone to look 5 years from today.

The same as the day it was installed? Or, do you prefer the comfortable, aged, lived in look.... limestone will show a patina over time. But, this is just part of the charm of limestone.

All about Travertine
Travertine stone is soft and delicate to look at. It breathes spaciousness. It's relaxed and soothing. The feeling is peaceful, tranquil, serene. It's a simple beauty. A casual formalness. The classic aged look of tumbled stone will warm your home. A polished or honed travertine becomes a bit more formal but yet, it's still inviting. The soft earthy hues of this natural stone truly keep it in tune with nature.

Travertine stone is a form of limestone. It often forms near hot bubbly mineral rich springs. Gas bubbles become trapped and create a pitted surface on the stone. These pitted surfaces can be filled with an epoxy or dust resin. Filling the small holes and pits gives the travertine a more finished look. A refined beauty.

The stone surface can also be left in its natural state with the small holes and pits unfilled. This is a warmer aged look which will acquire a beautiful patina over time. Leaving the stone unfilled will affect the durability. It will attract dirt much easier than a filled travertine.

This is a calcareous stone. It is highly reactive to the acids found in lemons, vinegar, alcohol, etc. These acids will etch the stone by leaving marks and rings. Similar to limestone, travertine also varies in hardness, density, and porosity. Some travertine stones are harder than others.

Although the hardness varies, it will still scratch. It's not as soft as soapstone but it can't compete with the hardness of granite.

Travertine colors are in warm earthy tones. From the softest ivories to the palest creams. Rich shades of golden honey and silvery greens to deep mocha browns. Travertine never appears as one solid color. The color tones vary and veins or bands of contrasting color run throughout the stone. No two stones or tiles are alike.

Travertine comes in all different sizes, from small mosaics, to 36"x36" tiles, to large heavy slabs.

If you plan to tile with travertine, lay out all of the tiles first. This will help with the flow of color and veining. It will give you a feel for the stone.

What is Travertine used for?
It is used for interior walls such as backsplashes. There are travertine sinks, floors, mosaic tiles, statuary, fireplace surrounds, tub surrounds, vanities, and end tables. It's also used for accessories such as light switch plates, trim, vases, and coasters.

Travertine can be used for countertops but it's not recommended. It is easy to scratch and etch. It works well for flooring, accessories, and smaller spaces. This stone seems to open up small areas and makes them feel more spacious and airy.

The surface finishes for travertine stone vary. Not all travertines are capable of the polished/high gloss finish. Only the harder types. This stone will never achieve the same glossy finish as a granite will.

A honed finish is the most popular type of finish. It's not a shiny and reflective finish. More of a matte or a sheen finish. Tumbled travertine makes the stone appear scuffed, weathered , or aged. Talk to your fabricator/installer about the different types of finishes they may provide.

Creating a unique look with travertine stone is simple. Mix and match with other natural stones for a more dramatic look and feel. Or, use it alone for sheer simplicity. This natural stone will give you years of beauty to enjoy. Using travertine stone is only limited by your imagination and a little common sense.


Please Note: The color chart is an approximate visual illustration of some of the popular travertine and limestone colors available in the market. Natural stone is a product of nature hence the actual color and grain movement may vary from the picture. It is advised to finalize your stone selection after having physically seen the stone at the slab/tile supplier.



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