Rohit Puri Posted on 5:23 am

Tips for combining timber and travertine in your outdoor area

Stone and wood are nature’s most ancient and elementary building materials. The two organic components are ideal for homeowners who would like to incorporate unique assets into their outdoor areas as they are exclusive in colour, grain and any variation will lend certain uniqueness to a home. What makes the two materials even more special is that both can be used as found and don’t require paint or polishing before making an alfresco area present itself neat.
Mixing environmental friendly materials in an outdoor area makes for an eclectic and interesting look. If you are worried about the outcome, blending natural stone such as travertine with timber is a great way to start as the marble tiles are versatile enough to be mixed with all sorts of materials including glass, brick and, of course, timber.
Travertine tiles and timber make native partners and look exceptionally good when combined in flooring used in alfresco areas and outdoor kitchens with a country or vintage design feel. It is often that these two materials are chosen for outdoor areas as they both age beautifully and create an elegant, contemporary style with warmth and character. As both are natural products, the colours and finishes are easy to mix and match.
When considering mixing those two materials up in your outdoor area, we suggest to take home large samples and try different combinations to see the ensemble in different lighting. To make a perfect blend of these ancient materials and bring the interior and exterior of a home together for an overall effect, we have put together some tip for combining timber and travertine in your outdoor area.

As façade

A travertine façade can transform an ordinary home into an extravagant classic from the outside. The natural stone has been used in many ancient churches in Italy, not to mention the Colosseum, and is not only durable but timeless. The marbled front of a family home, however, looks great combined with a front door in timber or garden entrance.

By the pool

Travertine tiles are the perfect lining combined with timber decking, as the stone is durable and a lot easier to replace than ceramic tiling. The tiles are highly slip-resistant due to the porous quality of the stone’s surface, which makes them functional and a good poolside choice.

Flooring alfresco areas or a garden path

The natural stone is a preferred material when it comes to flooring since it is available in almost any colour imaginable and cut in a lot of styles and patterns. When it comes to paving, travertine works well to floor a patio or garden path, especially when blended with timber. Think of flower beds, a deckchair or wall cladding.

Fireplace paving

Unpolished travertine blended with timber promotes a great rustic look perfect to lend any outdoor fireplace that old vintage look. The combination of both materials is often seen with the fireplace made of grand travertine stones and timber flooring in the alfresco area.


Even though travertine requires sealing, as it is a quite porous material, fans of the antique look will be happy to find out the stone will compliment any outdoor kitchen as a bench or countertop. The tiles come in so many different colours they will fit any alfresco area that has timber cabinets or flooring.

Garden furniture

If you don’t go for timber or travertine for your outdoor flooring, consider some elegant garden furniture. A striking bench or backyard table with timber legs and a travertine top invites family and visitors to spend some relaxing time in the garden.
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