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Stone for the Mudroom

Hi friends! You may have seen my Instagram photo recently which showed the basic layout of our small mudroom.  Now that cabinets are finalized and into production, it’s time to install flooring.  Which means we must decide on flooring!  

When trying to decide what material install, Blaine and I been all over the place.  Slate, brick, porcelain un-glazed rosette mosaic, checkerboard pattern porcelain, terracotta, etc, but in the end we’ve circled back round and settled on our original intuition:  travertine.  

The mudroom of a Houston home with limestone floors

Travertine is in the limestone family and is very porous.  Left unpolished, like we plan to do, it has a rough matte finish.  It has holes in it, which are partially filled with a cement based filler.  The stone we chose will have chiseled edges and a brushed finish, so not perfectly straight edges and a textured top. 

Travertine floors

Commonplace in Houston homes, where we’ve lived and worked for the past several years, it’s a classic look that became ingrained in my mind.  I’m happy to be adding a bit of the “Houston Look” to our forever home here in southern Illinois.  Speaking of forever, I think this stone flooring will bring a sense of permanence to our home like no other man-made material could do.

Travertine floors

As for size and layout, we’ve decided on French pattern, also called Versailles pattern, for added interest.  It’s not quite random, but may appear that way at first glance.

Example of sizing for French pattern tile

I think it will bring a rustic warmth to the mudroom, which doubles as the back door (main) entry.  Additionally, the room will be kept light and bright with the cream colored stone.

Limestone floors at the home office of Brooke Giannetti

I like the example below, showing how stone flooring can really help blend the outdoor environment with the inside of a home.  Travertine is often seen on patios, porches, and poolsides, so by also using the material inside, it can tie-in the interior with the exterior landscape.

An interior limestone hallway at Patina Farm

A Houston home in the Memorial neighborhood with steel entry doors and limestone floors

Shiplap walls and ceiling, with French pattern limestone floors

Travertine flooring is very fitting for European design.   It’s been used for centuries there.  Houston design tends to be very French influenced, hence its appearance all over town there!

Limestone floors of a country home in Provence

French pattern stone floors

I just placed our stone tile order today, so the rush is on to get it here and installed before our cabinets arrive!  :/  Hope to share with you more updates soon.  We have so many little projects happening these days I can hardly document them all. 

~Miranda