Travertine is a very porous material whose characteristics include holes and pits that were generated either by gasses trapped by the sediments or by water plants that were trapped inside the formation and then decomposed. Typically Travertine is available in a wide range of colors, so if there is a specific shade you had in mind, you may find it in this stone. It also can be less expensive than other stones you may be looking at for countertops. And although Travertine is durable, it is susceptible to heat, scratching, staining, and acidity, and is not recommended for kitchen projects. Bathrooms, furniture, accent pieces and mantels are often where you’ll find Travertine stone on display within the home.