Travertine Deserves a (Second) Chance
The ’80s material is back and better than ever.
Published Sep 14, 2019 6:00 AM
There are a few things, like olives or whiskey, that some people just don’t like—call it an acquired taste. Travertine, the pinkish, brownish stone that last enjoyed a major surge of popularity in the ’80s, is one of those things. But we think it deserves another chance.
So when Chairish predicted that the material would become a major fall trend in its recent report, we were immediately on board. “Travertine is an instant way to add texture to a room,” explains Domino’s style editor, Elaina Sullivan. “It’s a great neutral, and it pairs well with any other material.” And the more varied materials you can use in a room, the more put-together, elevated, and sumptuous it will feel. It’s an easy way to make your home seem a little like an old-school Italian villa without committing to limewashing your walls.
However, not everyone is on board—remember how Bobby Berk (admittedly not a fan of ’80s design of any kind) got rid of that travertine table in the last season of Queer Eye?! Regardless, we think this mix of vintage and contemporary finds make this time-honored material feel perfectly fresh right now. Are you in?
The Tiny Totem
Here’s a low-commitment way to dip your toe into the trend. This sleek, simple oil diffuser can give your nightstand a spa-like feel.
The Curved Coffee Table
The chunky wood legs on this travertine option make it look especially modern, even if the stone surface gives it a retro twist.
The Petite Pillar
Just a single cylinder of travertine accentuates the base of this lamp by Kelly Wearstler. Consider it a master class in old-meets-new—and could anything be fresher than that conical lampshade?
The Circular Surface
The minimalist form of this small coffee table allows its materials (a travertine top and a natural oak base) to stand out on their own. Perch it next to your favorite armchair for a chic, reliable platform.
If you do want to embrace a nostalgic look, consider this vintage two-tier table. Its dramatic angles make it a standout piece, while the natural grain of the travertine gives it an earthy edge.
The Stone Ceiling Lamp
Inspired by masks from the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacán, this travertine-carved light is a great better-than-basic investment. It’s classic enough to meld with any style, and the natural texture of the stone gives it a little extra something.
The Statement Structure
Indulge in a bit of Miami Vice realness with this console—the textured travertine base, paired with a glass top, couldn’t be more ’80s. Add four funky chairs and use it as a dining set.
The Ultra-Simple Block
Need a side table? A stool? A platform for your plant? A place to arrange your pile of magazines? This sleek travertine cube can be virtually anything you want it to be.