One of the emerging options is travertine. It’s from the limestone family, making it softer than other options. It requires sealing before it can be used in construction projects, but some believe the time extension is worth it. Many choose this because of the beautiful neutral colors that can really stand out in a kitchen. However, because travertine lacks the durability of other options, it’s fallen out of favor with homeowners who use their kitchens every day. It is difficult to protect and clean, making it a risky, albeit beautiful option.