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Sherwin Williams Alabaster Paint Color Review

Alabaster (SW 7008) is a soft, creamy white.  It is not as stark as a true white, but still white enough that it will always look white, in any light and on any surface.  

Alabaster has a Light Reflectance Value of 82, meaning that it will reflect back a lot of light into the room.  This makes it a good choice for any room that you want to have a bright, cheery look.  

Alabaster’s Popularity

Sherwin Williams Alabaster color is one of the most popular whites that Sherwin Williams’ makes.  It has been a best seller for many years, and was actually named by Sherwin Williams as their Color of the Year in 2016. 

In addition, Alabaster has been featured in Pottery Barn’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Pottery Barn Kids’ Spring/Summer 2019 collection, and PBteen’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection.  

Is white in style for home decor right now?

Based on Alabaster’s appearance in all of the major collections that Pottery Barn put out in 2019, it is safe to say that SW Alabaster has not declined in popularity in the last several years.  

In fact, white walls are trending right now on Pinterest in a big way.  While gray walls ruled for a long time, white walls are becoming the color of choice for homes in 2018 and 2019.  

When you look at Alabaster, it is easy to see why it is so popular, yet not at all trendy.  Trendy colors come in and out of fashion depending on current styles.  Popular colors though, are more classic in their appeal. 

Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster color is the perfect, timeless white.  It has a bit of warmth without being too yellow, too blue or too beige.  In addition, it pairs well with both warm or cool colors.  

Sherwin Williams Alabaster Undertones

The undertones of Alabaster are subtle.  Alabaster doesn’t lean strongly towards any one color, and almost has a greige undertone.  This means that it has both a beige and gray base, though it mostly just comes off as white.  

What is thought of as a true white typically has cool undertones, and can almost lean towards blue.  If you look at Extra White or Pure White by Sherwin Williams, you will see that this cool, bluish white is what many would consider a real white.  

Without a visual comparison to a real true white though, Alabaster will look completely white.  

Take a look at SW Alabaster next to a cool white (Extra White) and a warm white (Greek Villa), and see how it compares.  

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Alabaster Vs. Extra White

When set against a color such as Extra White, you will notice Alabaster’s warm hints.

Both will look white if you are painting a whole room in the color, but Alabaster will look a little cozier than Extra White will.

Alabaster Vs. Greek Villa

When you compare Alabaster with Greek Villa, you will see how Alabaster leans more gray, while Greek Villa leans more beige. 

Both are warm colors, and both will look pretty white when painted on the wall. But Alabaster looks a little more muted than Greek Villa.

So, is SW Alabaster color a warm or cool color?

If you look at Alabaster compared to other whites, it is easy to see what it is a warmer white.  Though it’s greige undertones make it very versatile, it is not as stark as many of Sherwin Williams’ cooler whites.  

If Alabaster is a warm white, is it cream or white?

SW Alabaster is a creamy white.  But while Alabaster does have almost a creamy look to it, it is considered to be white, and not a cream color. 

Where should I use Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster?

Alabaster white is a perfect choice in many different settings.  Because it is a solid white with just a hint of color, it can go anywhere that you want a clean, bright look.  

You can use it on the walls as a crisp, clean backdrop to your decor. 

You can use it on your trim as a warm white contrast to colored walls. 

You can use it on your cabinets, for a perfect white kitchen.

And it is a top choice for a white paint color on shiplap.  

Alabaster Walls with Pure White Trim

I get a lot of questions about a trim color for Alabaster, so I thought I’d include a section for you on this very topic.

When you have white walls, there are two ways you can go with your trim.

First, you can paint your walls and your trim the same white, and differentiate them by sheen. For example, you can paint your walls Alabaster in a satin finish, and paint the trim Alabaster in a semi-gloss finish. This will still make the trim stand out because of how the light bounces off it a semi-gloss sheen more than a satin sheen.

Second, you can paint your walls one white paint color and paint your trim a coordinating white paint color. For example, you can paint your walls Alabaster and your trim Pure White.

Here is a picture of walls in Alabaster and trim in Pure White.

Sherwin Williams Pure White Door and Trim

As you can see, the walls have that creamy white color, while trim and door look slightly brighter and more crisp. There is not a huge difference in how they look.

Final Thoughts on Alabaster Paint Color

Choosing a white paint color for your walls can be challenging, but Alabaster is a go-to paint color for anyone who wants warm, bright and airy white walls.

Overall, Alabaster is a really gorgeous white and is perfect for anywhere in your home. It is a great choice in a room of any style, from modern to farmhouse, and will highlight the decor of the room.  

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Getting Started With Painting

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If you want to paint your home on your own, check out this post on how to paint a room.

Want to see some other white paint choices?  Check out the best whites from Sherwin Williams!

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Saturday 8th of May 2021


I’m stuck between pure white and alabaster for my kitchen cabinets. I currently have laza quartz veiny grey do you think alabaster or pure white would look better. I’m looking for something white overall I was leaning toward alabaster but worry it may look to warm but scared pure white would overpower the countertops. Also kitchen north facing so direct sunlight wouldn’t hit it 🤷🏽‍♀️

Stephanie Castro

Monday 10th of May 2021


Thank you so much for your reply Lauren! I just found snowbound which also looks beautiful but now something else to compare 😅 And now debating between snowbound and pure white AY. I’ll have to grab samples. Good day :)


Sunday 9th of May 2021

Hi Stephanie! I'm guessing that Pure White would be better but it is really going to depend on the actual color of your quartz. I would get a paint swatch of both and see. I doubt that the Pure White will overpower the countertops. It isn't as stark as some other whites. Good luck!

Colleen Jones

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

I will use Alabaster on my basement walls, what color should the ceiling be?


Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Hi Colleen! I tend to go with Sherwin Williams' ceiling paint in its usual color because it is a really crisp, bright white, but you could also go with High Reflective White or Pure White.


Saturday 1st of May 2021

Hello, we want to paint our guest bedroom with Alabaster White. Room gets a lot of light. 1) Is this a good choice? Are there others you recommend that are light? 2) Do you have options for a Accent Wall that will go great with Alabaster - blues or darker colors?

Thank you Kal


Sunday 16th of May 2021

Hi Kalyan! Alabaster is a great choice! I also love Westhighland White and Snowbound. For an accent wall, maybe consider Georgian Revival Blue, Leisure Blue or Blustery Sky. Good luck!


Tuesday 20th of April 2021

My mother in law is moving into an independent living community on her own. She was asked to pick a Sherwin Williams color for the painters to paint the entire apartment before she moved in. Her furniture includes a large dark brown leather sofa and dark brown wooden furniture with tones of gold and olive upholstery. She chose SW Flan! The entire place is like a giant peach! It’s horrible!! She needs to choose another color to repaint asap. I was going to suggest SW Alabaster. Not sure if the undertones would be ok. I can not get there to see paint sample in space just need to advise her ASAP. Can you offer suggestions? I need help!! Thanks


Thursday 29th of April 2021

Hi Randi. Oh no! Alabaster is gorgeous. Soft, warm, and light. It will definitely not make the place look like a peach, and I think that the tones will go really well with the colors in her furniture. A cream paint color might be nice too. Check out this post on cream paint colors and see if she likes any of them! I like Creamy and Linen White myself.

Krista Thompson

Sunday 11th of April 2021

I have a 1908 Victorian home that I'm wanting to refresh the painted brick. I currently have a sand color and want to lighten it up. My columns and trim, around windows and gables, are white. Should I go with Alabaster on brick or Greek Villa? I have a black double door, roof, and fixtures.


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Hi Krista! Totally up to what you like on the Alabaster vs. Greek Villa. Greek Villa is going to be more creamy. Alabaster will probably look more like a truer white. On a Victorian, I tend to think of soft colors, so I may lean towards the Greek Villa. But, white houses are always in style, so if you want a more classic home look, go with the Alabaster. Hope this helps!