Sherwin Williams Alabaster Color

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 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. 

Alabaster 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 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.  

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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.  

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.

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.  

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

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Sherwin Williams Alabaster Color

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  1. We just put the Ikea grey cabinets in our basement and used the Alabaster for our trim. Now we are looking for a wall color. Yikes! Should we just go Alabaster on the walls too now? Looks like we did this backwards. I’m not knowledgable with color combos. Any suggestions? Being the cabinets are a nice gray and the trim has grey undertones, I am hoping we can salvage our efforts with something that will go with both the trim and grey cabinets.

    1. Hi Lynne! You’re doing just fine! Alabaster is a fine trim color, and I’ll be it’ll look amazing with the gray cabinets and the right color paint on the walls! Alabaster will look perfectly white on the trim too, so don’t worry about the gray undertones. It sounds like maybe you prefer neutral colors? Sea Salt is a great neutral that is greenish blue (or Rainwashed, which is a bluish green, though less neutral than Sea Salt). It would look really pretty with gray cabinets. Also, Steamed Milk is a light cream color, and would go with your color choices but not look as stark on the walls as Alabaster will. Truly, gray goes with anything, so you can do any color you like!

  2. Hello,
    We painted our kitchen cabinets alabaster and are wondering what to choose for the trim and molding as well as the walls. Would Greek Villa pair on the walls well? What should the trim be if so? Our floors are the good old travertine that we need to work around with blues and light grey furnishings. Our room isn’t very bright due to trees and an awning.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Michelle! It sounds like your kitchen is going to be gorgeous! I typically use Pure White for my trim color. It is a great white to pair with Alabaster, too, because it has similar undertones but is just a tad bit lighter. Greek Villa would definitely work on the walls, but you won’t see much contrast between the trim and walls or the cabinets and walls. If you’re going for the completely white look, yes, this is a great pick! If you want just a bit of contrast, Ivory Lace is a white that has similar undertones to Greek Villa but is just a little bit darker (but still very white). Good luck Michelle! Drop by and let me know how it turns out!

  3. If we do alabaster for walls and ceiling what color trim should we do? Would extra white work?

    1. Hi Kara! Extra white would definitely work. It has cooler undertones than Alabaster though, and may come off a little bluish. For a white with similar undertones, Pure White would be better. I don’t think you’ll regret either choice, but if I were going to pick one, I’d pick Pure White.

  4. I’m in the process of picking out paint colors for my basement. I picked out Alabaster for walls, ceiling and trim; Iron Ore for the accent wall in our theatre area and Silver Strand for the columns, doors, guest room and laundry room cabinets. What are your thoughts about this combo for a basement? I want the area to feel open and light but also cozy.

    1. Hey Tara! Sounds like all those colors will look really nice together! Are you going to go with black hardware to accent the Silver Strand? I think it’ll look great!

  5. Hi we are painting our kitchen cabinets and I am struggling between Alabaster, Dove White and Aesthetic While. Our counters are Venetian Gold, there are a lot of warm tones. Trim is a brighter white. The room gets a lot of natural light. I was leaning toward Aesthetic White and paint the walls Balanced Beige, but not sure. Thanks!

    1. Hi Christine! If you want the cabinets to look white, go with either White Dove or Alabaster. Both are going to look pretty white next to your countertops and walls. If you want the cabinets to have just a touch of color, go with Aesthetic White. You won’t go wrong with any of those choices.
      Balanced Beige is a nice color, and will look good with the other colors you have in the granite. Plus, since you have a lot of natural white, it shouldn’t look too dark. I think it’ll be really pretty!

  6. Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it and love your site!

  7. This is so helpful! We have decided on SW Alabaster for our basement walls and I’m wondering if SW Snowbound would be okay to use on the turn and ceilings since it was used throughout the house. Thoughts? Thanks!

    1. Hi Emily! I thing these colors will look fine together. They have slightly different undertones (Alabaster is warmer and Snowbound is cooler), but it will just make the contrast between the colors every so slightly noticeable. They are both very light colors, so they may not even appear different once everything is painted. For example, I used Alabaster with Pure White trim in my bathroom, and there is no noticeable contrast between them.

  8. What about alabaster on exterior. Was also thinking Shoji white. Trim / Beams / Garage doors will all be iron ore. We have stone on front so not sure if Alabastor is too white vs Shoji

    1. Hi Chris! Alabaster on the exterior would be beautiful. It is going to just look white though – and a white house is always in style. Shoji is also nice on an exterior, and will look like an off-white (compared to a pure white). Both will go with Iron Ore. It just depends on the look you’re going for. Do you want a white house or a cream colored house? Hope this helps!

  9. I used Alabaster for my cabinets and trim. I’m absolutely in love with it! My kitchen has a beige backsplash, countertops and flooring. I was thinking of a very neutral yellow on the walls. I’d definitely like it very light, but still have a contrast to the alabaster cabinets and trim. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Jamie! Sounds lovely :). Lemon Meringue is a very light yellow that would probably go nicely with the beige tones, but will also contrast with Alabaster. Another, slightly less bright option, is Morning Sun.

  10. Hi! I just painted my walls Kilim beige and I tried extra white for the trim but it looks too white. Do you think alabaster would work as a trim color with Kilim beige?

    1. Hi Melissa! I think what you’re seeing is that Extra White has slightly cool, bluish undertones, and that it doesn’t quite “go” with the tones that Kilim Beige has. Alabaster would definitely be a better pick. Alabaster has just a touch of color, and won’t look as crisp as some other trim colors will. I always use Pure White on my trim. It just barely leans warm and goes with pretty much any paint color.

  11. I am debating between alabaster and pure white for our kitchen cabinets and trim. Is there one you suggest over the other? If we went with alabaster would there be another white that would look nice as a wall color to pair with it?

    1. Hi Anna! Pure White is going to be stark looking on your cabinets. Like a true WHITE white – think white shaker cabinets. It is a good neutral white though, not too cool or warm. Alabaster will be just a bit warmer, but will still look white. For a wall color that goes with Alabaster, you could try Westhighland White for a bright wall look, or Shoji White, if you’d like a little bit of contrast with the cabinets. White kitchens are gorgeous! You can’t go wrong!

  12. Hi, thanks for this post. We’re having about half of our house painted and our painter was going with Master Hide Flat White, or Pro Mar 200 on the walls. After some googling I was horrified. I was gonna tell him the Master Hide is okay for ceilings, and pick out one, nice white for the walls. (Kitchen, living room, hallway/stairwells) Alabaster looks pretty creamy to me, is that wrong? He’s using Emerald semi-gloss white on the trim (for lead remediation). We have pretty decent light and I’m just hoping for something safe that I won’t hate at this point! Who knew picking white paint would be so stressful? We can’t test anything cause we’re living 4 hours away. Also, do you think the master hide flat on the ceilings will be okay or should we just put whatever we choose on the ceilings we’re doing as well.

    1. Hi Jenny! Master Hide and Pro Mar 200 are just paint products, not colors. They’re what the pros use. Pro Mar 200 is the lowest level of pro level paint that Sherwin Williams sells, but I’ve used it before with no complaints. You could ask your painter to choose a higher level if you want, but I don’t know that you’ll notice too much of a difference (and I’m guessing they’ll charge you for the price increase). For color, I wouldn’t stress the ceiling color. I imagine your painter will go with Ceiling Bright White or some other color like that. For the walls, you could go the same color on the ceiling and walls if you want (not Ceiling Bright White though – I mean if you choose to go with Alabaster), though I would probably pick a white paint color of my own choice for the walls. If sounds like you want something really light. Alabaster is a tiny bit creamy, but will just look white on your walls. Westhighland White is a bit more creamy, and very pretty. It’ll show a smidge more contrast with the ceiling and trim, but will still look white. For something even more creamy, Steamed Milk is beautiful, not yellowy, but also not as white as these other choices. I hope that was helpful and not more confusing! I don’t think you’ll pick a BAD color white. If anything, you’ll wish you had gone with a bit more color is my guess. Good luck!

  13. Also, it’s an old farmhouse with old wood floors, some wood beams, and a rustic feel. Right now there’s blue trim everywhere but we’re having it scraped and putting white because we can’t manage picking a color right now.

    1. Oh! Just saw that there was a second comment on the white paint house, Jenny! This gives me more info :). Sounds beautiful! With all the wood and the rustic feel, I actually wouldn’t go with Steamed Milk probably. I’d look at Westhighland White, or think that your original choice of Alabaster would be nice!

  14. Thank you! But, I think he was just planning on using those, with no color on top. Worrisome, right? Do you think the master hide on the ceiling is okay, or I should ask him to put hte color on top as well (like the ceiling bright white), or the alabaster?
    Okay I’ll look at the colors more. I’m worried about having a cream but it’s helpful to hear you think I would want more color, not lless. Thank you so much for your quick response! I’ll check out the rest of your blog now!

    1. Okay now that I have read about paint for 24 hours, I understand what you’re saying about the ProMar. Since there’s a chance we’ll want to change the paint colors anyway, maybe I just shouldn’t stress it? Thank you!

      1. Are u gonna go for pro mar? Im in same boat

        1. ProMar should be fine ladies!

  15. I’m building a kids playhouse, it’s 2 stories and I’m needing help picking out colors! It will be very colorful once we get toys and decor inside. I was thinking of Alabaster for the walls and Pure White for the trim and ceiling. I’m getting hung up on the balcony/handrail and ladder. What would you suggest? 🙂

    1. Hi Mallory! This is a hard question! I’m not sure exactly what direction you’re going in for the overall look of the playhouse (though it sounds as though it’ll be adorable!). You could go whimsical with a color like Soar, girly with a color like Mellow Coral, or classic with a black like Domino. Hope this helps!

  16. Hi im thinking of using alabaster in semi gloss in bathrooms and kitchen..i was able to find some 5 gallons of pro mar 200…i google and see negative and positive comments…is it a decent paint to give me nice results?

    1. Hi Latasha! If you can get it for a good price, I’d go for it. It is what most professional painters would use in your home. Its not the top product, but I found it to be perfectly sufficient when I used it.

  17. Hello– we are wanting to paint the exterior of our cape cod house Alabaster but I’m having trouble picking a trim color that will work. Is there a white trim we can use that will compliment Alabaster and not make it look dingy? Or do you recommend a different color trim? Thanks for the help!!!

    1. The same trim color would go on the garage too!

    2. Hi Lauren! I think that Highly Reflective White would be a good choice. Its brighter than Alabaster, but still has similar undertones so it shouldn’t make Alabaster look dingy.

  18. Hi Lauren! You have been so kind and helpful to everyone on this thread, so I thought I would ask you on more question! 🙂
    Our kitchen cabinets have been painted alabaster, and I’m looking to do our fireplace (open concept room) with a black paint. I have been reviewing tricorn black and black magic, I’m afraid Caviar may be too brown with the undertones. Would you have a suggestion on black paint? With adding black to the mix, do you have a brightening wall color you would recommend? Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Trish! Thanks for your sweet comment!!
      I don’t think you will be disappointed with any of those choices. They’re all going to look black. I will say, Tricorn Black is one of Sherwin William’s best selling paint colors (top 50), and typically, you can’t go wrong choosing one of their top sellers. For a brightening color, I think your room will look good and bright if you go with a light color for the walls. Some of my favorites are listed in this whole house color scheme. They’ll all go nicely with a black fireplace and with Alabaster. I also am loving Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray right now. It is bright and beautiful, but not colorful. Good luck Trish!

  19. Hey! I am wanting to paint my walls white. They are currently French gray, but feel way too cool. I was leaning toward alabaster, but am nervous because my trim and cabinets are extra white. I don’t want them to clash against one another, but I also don’t want the room to read too cool. Is there a different white you would recommend for the walls?

    1. Hi MJ! You could try a white with some gray like Heron Plume, which has undertones that are more similar to Extra White. But overall, I don’t think Alabaster will clash too badly. Everything will just look white. Good luck!

      1. I want to paint my basement trim/doors/kitchen cabinets gray. We get lots of natural light and I’d like SW sea salt on the walls, but not sure SW Dorian Gray is enough contrast. Should we go white walls with all the gray trim? I definitely want a contrast.

        1. Hi Larisa! I think you’ll find a good bit of contrast between Sea Salt and Dorian Gray. Dorian Gray is a good bit darker than Sea Salt (a 39, as compared to a 63 on the LRV scale). Sounds pretty!

  20. Hi- I have a converted garage, now a Den, with 4 French doors that faces West (doors have blinds), we want to keep it bright with slight contrast between the main wall, trim and lower portion of the wall. I was thinking Alabaster on the top main portion of the wall, pure white for the trim, doors and molding and ivory lace, creamy or shoji white.. for the lower wall portion? any suggestions? we will be putting in walnut flooring.
    Also the outside French doors, what color would you suggest? shutters are a Redskin red, warm brown brick and trims have a yellow/white hue. Want the French doors to look clean but not contrast too much with everything else.

    1. Hi Noorin! Sounds like a pretty room! I think you have some great choices picked out. For the den lower wall color, I would probably pick Shoji White, as it will give you the most contrast with Alabaster (but will still be a light color). The other two won’t really show as much of a difference. On the outside French doors, I suggest going with Pure White, like you are using for the trim. It is such a good white, and it will make the doors stand out as clean and bright. If you’re interested in a darker color for the french doors, you could always go with a dark brown (like Rookwood Dark Brown, which would go nicely with warm brown brick and Redskin Red), or a black (like Tricorn Black), but I think classic white is always in style, always beautiful. Hope this helps!

      1. Thank so much this is very helpful! I think I’m going with the Pure White for the outside French doors… but I was also thinking dover white… since there is a creamy trim below the gutter I never noticed which is an off white. Do you think I should stick with pure white or try to match the above trim in a creamy shade for the French doors?

        I looked at the den again yesterday, I’m thinking of a little more contrast now that I saw it in a different light… what do you think of accessible beige bottom portion, and Benjamin Moore dove white upper portion and everywhere else? still walnut floor… or do you think shoji/alabaster will be the best contrast? (PS: I painted the basement with kilim beige on the lower potion and dover white on the top- and I actually feel like I see a stark- but cringeworthy contrast, especially when the sun comes in from the sliding door… am I crazy? would I see a contrast? the dover white looks almost neon)

        1. Hi Noorin! Glad it was helpful! For the outside doors, I think going with Dover White is a great idea, especially if the trim is in close proximity to the doors.
          In the den, Accessible Beige is a darker color than Shoji, so it will give you more contrast than the Alabaster/Shoji pairing. Accessible Beige is more of a greige (gray/beige, leans towards beige), and is a very popular color (top 10 that Sherwin Williams sells). Shoji is more of a whitish gray, and isn’t terribly much darker than Alabster. So if you want something with a better contrast, go with the Accessible Beige option. As for the Dover White/Kilim Beige contrast, I’m not sure why the Dover White is presenting so bright that its almost neon! It should be a pretty neutral option. I wonder if the lighting is stark down there, and has a bluish tint. A softer, golden bulb might make a big difference!

  21. Hey Lauren! I am building a two story farmhouse looking house. We are trying to decide on the exterior color of white. We have narrowed the choices down to SW Pure White, Snowbound, and Alabaster. Our house faces the east with full sun and the back has full sun in the afternoon. No trees near the house. I am a little concerned about the Alabaster because I don’t typically like the creamy, off-white look. However, I’m concerned that Pure White and Snowbound might be too white. What would be your choice? Also, thinking of the same on kitchen cabinets and a two story fireplace with shiplap. The house is an open living concept with large windows across the back exterior wall and has a 2 story living area. Choosing colors has been the hardest decision yet! Thanks!

    1. Hi Julie! I think you won’t notice that the Alabaster leans slightly towards a creamy white on the outside of the home. Without anything REALLY white to compare it to, it is going to look white. I have painted it next to Pure White several times, and it barely looks different. Snowbound actually has a gray undertone to it, so it is going to be the least bright option. All will look white on your house though, I wouldn’t worry. Same goes for the kitchen cabinets. If it were me, I would pick Alabaster or Pure White over Snowbound because I like a brighter white. It is totally your preference though, and I don’t think you’ll pick any of them and regret your choice.

  22. I need your help! We are building a new home. We are having a design dilemma in our kitchen. It is an L shaped kitchen with an island. We are painting the kitchen cabinets SW Alabaster and staining natural warm stain on the island. We are considering white granite countertops. Should I be concerned about the Alabaster looking dingy next to the countertops? The backsplash will be limestone with a mortar smear to cover up the joints. Also, will this look OK with all trim and doors painted in SW Pure White? Thanks!

    1. Hi Esther! Without seeing the granite, I think all that will be fine together. Typically, white granite has other shades in it as well. I would recommend getting a swatch of Alabaster and comparing it to the granite you chose, just to make sure it works. Sounds like a pretty kitchen!

  23. Hey! I am painting my kitchen walls Alabaster; However it looks sooo white next to my white (dirty) cabinets. We are wanting to repaint the cabinets a brighter white, to hopefully give some contrast. Suggestions? Or– I was thinking I made a mistake and should have painted the cabinets Alabaster and the walls a light mocha-ish color. What do you think?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Alex! It’s a bit hard to get too much of a contrast with Alabaster be choosing a lighter color because it’s so light. But you may get the effect you want by going with Highly Reflective White, which is a super white color. As for whether you should have gone with mocha walls… it’s all preference :). I’m sure it’ll be nice when you’re finished!

  24. Hi all,
    I’m painting my bathroom walls Alabaster. So many questions. What sheen on walls? I don’t know what to do about the trim and ceiling. I was thinking about HRW white, extra white or pure white for trim. What about ceiling color?

    1. Hi Beck! For a bathroom, a higher sheen (Satin) is best, so you can wipe it down. Here is a guide to picking paint finishes. For pairing with Alabaster, I would go with HRW because Pure White won’t show much of a contrast and Extra White will be too cool, potentially looking bluish. You could use it on both the ceilings and the trim. If you want the trim to stand out more than the ceiling, do Pure White on the ceiling and HRW on the trim. Hope this helps!

  25. Hi, Our trim throughout our entire house is SW Westhighland White 7566. Our main areas are painted in Anew Gray and we are wanting to brighten them up. Will Alabaster walls pair well with Westhighland White trim? We definitely don’t want to change that color.

    1. Hi Katie! Alabaster will go fine with Westhighland Trim, and is a good choice if you want white walls. If you’re looking for something with a little more pop, Cotton White or Roman Column will be a brighter white choice.

  26. Hi,

    You are so helpful. Thank you in advance!! I’m wondering if you think alabaster will pair well with ash wood trim that has been stained pecan (min wax) for use in my bedroom. Thank you!!

    1. Hi Diane! Yes, I think that’ll be very pretty!! Thanks for your comment :).

  27. Hi Lauren! First of all, thank you for all the help and feedback you have been giving all of us!

    I have a question and would love your guidance. Some background — We are building a house in Houston, with an open floor plan. The front of the house faces east, the rear west, and have windows on the side of the house facing north. the north and west portions of the house are shaded by a large tree. The front of the house is exposed to the sun.

    We are looking at Alabaster, Greek Villa, Pure White, and a BM match from SW for BM’s White Dove as our options. We are scratching our heads trying to figure out which ones we should pick for our walls, cabinets, and trim.

    In addition, should we separate the walls, trim, and cabinets by different whites or keep them all the same white with different finishes?

    Sorry for the dissertation! Never knew picking colors could be so difficult!

    1. Hi Andrew! Here’s my thoughts on what colors go where. I would pick Pure White for the trim and cabinets, and either Greek Villa or White Dove for the walls. If you want not so stark of a white on the cabinets, go with Alabaster instead. Whether you pick Greek Villa or White Dove is your choice… I think White Dove is slightly better since it will give a little bit more contrast with the walls. For the finishes, go with semi-gloss or gloss for the cabinets and trim, and eggshell or satin for the walls. Good luck with your choices!

      1. Awesome! Thank you for your advice Lauren!

  28. Hi Lauren! we are renovating our home and i am in love with white walls with white trim. what color do you suggest to do on the walls (Alabaster or some other ) and what kind of trim will go with it. I will have light wood floors and wood beams around the house. would it be too white?Let me know your thoughts on it.

    1. Hi Amy! I definitely don’t think that would be too white. White is super in style right now, and it’ll look gorgeous with your light wood floors and wood beams. For trim, I like Pure White because it goes with everything. For the walls, Alabaster is nice, or if you want something that contrasts a bit with the trim, check out Greek Villa or Westhighland White. They’re both a bit “brighter” than Alabaster. Sounds like it’ll be beautiful!

  29. Hi Lauren! We are building a house with an open floor plan. I am nervous about my trim and cabinet colors clashing. Do you think light french gray walls, pure white for trim, and alabaster for the cabinets will look okay? I want my cabinets white but not to bright. Any help or suggestions will be appreciated!

    1. Hi Linda! I think you have a great plan! All those colors will look great together. Alabaster will definitely look white, and won’t be too bright. If you want something that is a little creamier though for the cabinets, check out Paperwhite or Roman Column. Sound beautiful!

  30. Thank you for all your useful information regarding paint colors! I have a quick question on several white paints as I’m wanting to repaint my bedroom. I was considering Pure White or Alabaster but my trim is light beige color. I currently have the SW color, latte, on my walls and it’s almost 9 yrs old, and I’m ready lighten up the room. I was wondering if Alabaster would look okay against the trim as I wasn’t planning on changing the whole house right now. All the doors in the home and trim are the same light beige.
    I just painted my dressers with Magnolia Deep Rock chalk paint and I love the way the turned out but against the Latte wall color, it’s a no!
    Would love to see what your thoughts are on what white paint that will go with the trim I have.
    Thank you and love your blog!

    1. Hi Kurstin! You can definitely make white paint work with beige trim. Here is a pin that I found for you, of a home with beige trim so you could see how it would look. Alabaster would work fine, or Westhighland White, which is a little brighter than Alabaster and my current favorite white :). Thanks for reading my blog!

  31. Hi, building new house, want bright white look through out. quartz, marble look countertops in kitchen. Can walls and trim all be the same color? Also, want white kitchen cabinets. should they also be same color?
    will Alabaster look ok with whitish quartz counter tops? or should I go with a Pure White?
    and if I do that should walls and trim also be pure white or alabaster? thanks! diana

    1. Hi Diana! There is no right or wrong here! Walls and trim can be the same color, but I would recommend different sheens (semi-gloss or gloss for trim and satin or eggshell for walls). This will differentiate them a little bit even though they’re the same color. For the cabinets, I might do Pure White over Alabaster. Both will probably be fine with white quartz, but Pure White will be a little bit brighter. You could put Alabaster on the walls then, or try Westhighland White or Greek Villa if you want something a little brighter. Alabaster is nice, but its not a very bright white, so when you pair it with a bright white trim, it can look a tiny bit dingy. Some things to think about as you’re choosing your colors! Good luck! Congrats on the new home!

  32. Hi Lauren! I am repainting my house and currently all the trim is SW Alabaster which I do not want to change. I chose Pure White for the wall color but am second guessing myself if they go together. What is your opinion about Alabaster for doors and trim and Pure White for the walls or should I do the walls in Alabaster also?

    1. Hi Mickey! Those colors go well together, but it’s important to know that Alabaster has more color in it than Pure White. So your trim will look less bright than the walls do. If this is the look you want, that is fine. Typically, I would do the walls darker than the trim so that the trim looks crisp and bright. Pearly White, Ivory Lace, Dover White would all be a tiny bit darker than Alabaster (but still white). Or you could paint everything Alabaster and use a high sheen on the trim and an eggshell or satin on the walls. Good luck with your painting!

  33. Hi. I’m painting the walls and ceiling in Alabaster but would like to do the trim in a light gray. Can you suggest a coordinating grey that would go well with Alabaster? Thank you.

    1. Hi Kate! Passive and Olympus White are both nice light grays that will go well with Alabaster. Good luck with your painting!

  34. Hi, thanks for answering all those questions and all the information on color paint, and I have a difficult question, well, at least for me. I have buttercream cabinets in my kitchen but the walls are a dark beige and I would like to brighten the room (family room and kitchen), do you think that Alabaster SW can work next to those butter cream cabinets? I want the kitchen to look more updated. I have granite cabinets and a dark cherry island.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Maria! Yes, Alabaster would be a good color to put with cream colored cabinets! Your kitchen will look much brighter with white walls!

  35. Hi, I moved in my house last fall and wanted to live in it for a little while to see what I wanted to do. I definitely want to make it my style by painting it all white! There are lots of big trees surround that cause much shade.
    I don’t want the white to look dirty. Originally I wanted to do pure white for walls and trims but now thinking pure white trim and alabaster walls for main living areas, sea salt with pure white trim for bedrooms and baths and maybe rainwashed for front door and dining room ceiling. Any opinions and ideas :-)??

    Also any recommendations if I decided to paint the interior doors a color?

    1. Hi Jane! Depending on your lighting, Alabaster doesn’t always come off as the brightest white. Westhighland White is a gorgeous, bright white, and may be worth taking a look at. I always like Pure White for trim, and Sea Salt and Rainwashed are two of my favorites. I think you’ve picked great colors! I’ve never experimented with a painted ceiling, other than having a tan ceiling in a home I purchased once. I think it is an interesting idea and I’d love to see how it turns out! If you want the interior doors to be an actual color (not black or gray), Comfort Gray would work nicely with your color scheme. Your home is going to be so lovely!!

  36. Hi! I doing a complete home remodel. Im getting bright white shaker cabinets. I want the house to have a warm feeling. Plan to warm it with honed counters and light warm wood floors. Can you recommend a white wall, ceiling and trim color that would be good together? I plan to do eggshell on walls, semi gloss on trim and all doors will be a beige grey (yet to be determined color) Thank you so much!!!!

    1. Hi Susan! I love Pure White for trim because it goes with pretty much any color. For the walls, I would recommend Greek Villa – its a little bit brighter than Alabaster and a great white for walls. For the ceiling, you could stick with Greek Villa, or go with Pure White. Truly, you won’t see much of a difference between the walls, ceiling and trim with them all being white, but I like your plan to differentiate them by sheen. For a beige gray, I love Edgecomb Gray (more beige than gray) and Agreeable Gray (more gray than beige). Oh, and if you haven’t picked out your cabinets yet, you should check out Lily Ann Cabinets. I just got some cabinets through them, and I absolutely love them! Really high quality!

  37. Hi Lauren! We are looking to paint our exterior with Alabaster vs. snowbound. I think we are leaning towards using Alabaster because I’m worried the Snowbound might be too bright in the front, but I don’t want it to be too yellow either. The front of the home is brick and the rest is siding. Any thoughts on alabaster vs snowbound?
    Also, if we go alabaster, I was looking at doing the trim and soffits with agreeable gray. Then gutters, downspouts, and shutters with felted wool. Do you feel as though these colors all go together? Is it best to just stick with 2 colors (one for house and one for trim and all the rest)? I’m very indecisive and struggling to commit, lol!

    1. Hi Hil! I don’t think you’ll find either Alabaster or Snowbound as yellowy, as they both have very subtle green or gray undertones. Either would work well – they are very similar colors. Agreeable Gray would be lovely with both colors, and with Felted Wool. I think you picked a great color scheme! There is definitely no rules regarding whether you should stick to two colors or three. I might do the trim, soffits, gutters and downspouts all in Agreeable Gray, and reserve the Felted Wool for the shutters, only because I think that the Felted Wool on the downspouts will really accentuate them, and I’m not sure they’re what you want people to notice most. Since all of your colors coordinate so well though, I think you can go with your plan, and it’ll be really lovely. Good luck with your decision!

  38. Lauren, I am painting my kitchen cabinets and wanting a white kitchen; however, I don’t think my new venetian gold granite and travertine backsplash(has peachy undertone) will look that great against a true white. I am trying to find a white that is not quite a white white, but has a bit of warmth and doesn’t come off as creamy/yellowish. I have nightmares over a yellowish kitchen! I have white trim and door casing in my kitchen that is open to my family room. I am looking at BM White Dove and SW Alabaster. Also, I have white appliances, for now. I am concerned that either color will clash with the white trim. I would appreciate your thoughts? Thank you!

    1. Hi Patty! Both Alabaster and White Dove would be fine choices, and will not likely clash with your white trim (unless your white trim isn’t a true white). Another great warm white I like is Greek Villa. It is just a tad brighter than Alabaster, and has more beige colored undertones where as Alabaster has more gray colored undertones. I don’t think you’ll go wrong with any of those choices. Your kitchen sounds very beautiful!

  39. Hi Lauren! We are painting our bathroom walls alabaster and are looking for a contrasting white trim color. Would Pure White work?

    1. Hi Pam! Yes, Pure White will work. It won’t be too much of a contrast though. If you want something that will contrast more with white trim, try a white with a bit of gray (such as Eider White) or with a bit of yellow (Westhighland White).

  40. Will Alabaster kitchen cabinets pair well with Pure White trim and doors? I am guessing the crown molding running across the tops will have to be Alabaster to blend? Will this be OK?

    1. Yes, they will! I would stick with the same color as the cabinets for the crown molding on the top of the cabinets. Good luck with your painting projects Esther!

  41. Hi Lauren! We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen and I am stumped! Our living space is open- kitchen, dining room and living room are all open to each other. Our walls are SW Greek Villa. We are torn between white cabinets with a black island or white cabinets with white island. What do you recommend for a cabinet color to blend well with Greek Villa? We will have a light butcher block counter on the island. I look forward to hearing from you!

    1. Hi Seaaira! You can’t go wrong with either choice – it is totally a matter of preference! To help you decide though, Zillow reported that homes with tuxedo kitchens (kitchens with two different color cabinets) sold for an average of $7000 more than other homes. For a cabinet color, Pure White would be a good choice. As the name suggests, it is a white that doesn’t have any strong undertones, so it’ll go nicely with Greek Villa. I would suggest looking at some pictures of white kitchens with white cabinets, and white kitchens with black cabinets. Both are nice, it just depends on what you like! I hope you love whatever decide!

  42. Hi Lauren,
    We are trying to transition our rustic warm home towards a brighter and more Greige look. We really like Sherwin Williams Anew Gray for the kitchen walls. We were thinking of painting the oak trim Alabaster. Originally I had planned on painting the dark cabinets also Alabaster but the transition is feeling very stark. Is there a warmer or darker white that would go well with Alabaster and Anew Gray? Our kitchen has some beige and gray tones in the ceramic tile backsplash and granite countertops. We haven’t decided if the living room will also be Anew gray or agreeable gray.

    1. Hi Carmela! Great color choices! If you want a darker white with gray undertones, Incredible White would be a good choice. If you want one with beige undertones, Pearly White would work. I think you’ll like your brighter kitchen when it is done :). For the living room walls, Anew Gray is going to be much darker than Agreeable Gray. If you have a lot of light, that would work fine. Agreeable Gray is, as the name suggests, pretty much great in any room. Something to think about while you make your decision. Good luck!

  43. Hello. I’m painting my walls Alabaster, ceilings white, oak cabinets Sea Salt and leaving floor and window trim oak. Have a nice open floor plan. Have more of a country decorating style. Am I doing okay?
    Walls and ceiling were previously a caramel colour. Quite a contrast going to white??!!

    1. Hi Roberta! It is going to be beautiful!! You’re going to love the white ceilings – the whole place will look larger and brighter. Good work!

  44. Hi alabaster looks too white in my north facing kitchen but is perfect for the rest of the house. Is there a slightly darker version of alabaster that would look warmer and similar to alabaster in the rest of the home (the way alabaster is supposed to look) for my north facing kitchen with lots of natural light?
    Thank you!


    1. Hi Drea! Thats a tough question! There is no perfect darker version of Alabaster, but maybe check out Origami White or Pearly White. Neither is quite right, but you may not even be able to tell that it isn’t. Or, talk to the Sherwin William’s people – maybe they can add a few more drops of color in the right proportions to get a perfect darker Alabaster (as a note, I don’t know if they do this, but its worth asking if you don’t like the other white colors). Good luck!

  45. Hi Lauren! In the process of picking colors for a new build. I am LOVING Alabaster and all I’m reading about it, as I want a warm white that is still white. I’m thinking on using alabaster for all the trim ceiling and shiplap throughout. Main floor is pretty open floor plan. Thoughts?

    Focusing on the kitchen, Alabaster cabinets and an Urbane Bronze Island all with brass hardware. Backsplash will be a used thin brick and unsure of the counter tops. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Beth! That sounds lovely! Alabaster is warm, with grayish undertones (ever so slightly). All your color choices sound just perfect! If you want something a littler warmer, Dove White (Benjamin Moore) is super popular too.

  46. Hi Lauren,

    You’ve been incredibly generous answering everyone’s questions. I hope it’s okay if I add one more and that I’m not being redundant (though I think I’ve read every question and answer posted here). We bought a home with an open floor plan and SW Agreeable Gray walls, dark wood flooring and dark wood cabinets in the kitchen. (So much brown.) Most of the kitchen and living area is South-facing with only a few small windows in the dining nook, and the whole space feels dark. I want to lighten everything up. I don’t want it stark or severe, but I want it brighter. We’re having the ceilings painted Extra White this week. (They’re currently a lightened-up version of Agreeable Gray.) I was originally planning on doing the walls in Alabaster, but should I save Alabaster for the cabinets and be choosing a different white for the walls? Or should I go with Alabaster for the walls and a brighter white for cabinets?

    1. Hi Raya! Thank you for your sweet words! Painting the ceilings is going to help brighten the place up a lot. If it were my kitchen, I would paint the walls a slightly darker white than the cabinets. So, I would suggest either doing the walls in Alabaster and the cabinets in a brighter white like Pure White, or do the walls in something like Origami White and the cabinets in Alabaster. Another nice white if you don’t want the room to look stark is Benjamin Moore Dove White. Hope this helps!

      1. Thank you so much!

  47. Hi Lauren, I’m so glad I came a cross your blog. I’ve been going crazy on choosing white paint. I was going to used Greek Villa for my trim. Now reading your answers to other I’m going with pure white for trim. Then maybe Greek Villa or Swiss coffee for my kitchen. I want that Contrasts between the trim and the walls. I was was looking at Neutral White Or Alabaster. With the Alabaster I see yellow. Where I painted samples around my walls Im going to paint. I want the trim doors and kitchen white. A little color on my living Room and hall. I like more neutral colors. Also what color do you suggest for my Ceiling? pure white. Same as trim and doors or the white I do my Kitchen? Thank you..

    1. Hi Debra! Whites can be tricky! I love Pure White for trim. You can use it on your ceiling too, and it will be great. I also like the normal Sherwin William’s white ceiling paint. Its a good, neutral white paint color that doesn’t lean blue or yellow. For the walls, I’m not sure that Greek Villa will give you the contrast you’re looking for, though it is a beautiful white. Something like Westhighland White or Ivory Lace might be a better bet. I love Sea Salt or Healing Aloe for a little bit of color that is still considered a neutral. Hope this helps! I’m glad you visited my site too!

    2. Hello. I am currently getting ready to redo the living portion of my home. I have honey oak cabinets and trim with a black island. The wall above the cabinets is SW backdrop My new floors will be burnished maple. Was thinking of leaving the SW backdrop and painting the rest in Alabaster or Westhighland or Greek Villa. Do you think that would work or would you do away with the Backdrop color? I really liked the way it toned down the cabinets but maybe would just like everything light and airy? Would really like your input. Thank

      1. Hi Dianne! Those whites will definitely work with Backdrop, and if you like it with your cabinets, there is no need to change! Oak cabinets tend to have a strong orange color, and finding a shade that tones them down is key to making them work in your home. Of the whites listed, I think that Alabaster would be the best white to coordinate with Backdrop. Whether you should do away with Backdrop – it is truly just a matter of your preference. White kitchens are nice, but not necessarily exciting. If you’re someone who likes a bit of color and contrast, stick with the Backdrop!

  48. Hi Lauren.
    Your help would be greatly appreciated. It seems I tend to love rooms I see painted in Benjamin Moore colors, but our builder only uses Sherwin Williams. Our house will face slightly Northwest-ish. So Den and 2 bedrooms facing the front, one bedroom facing the West/Southwest-ish and the kitchen/dining nook, great room and master bedroom facing South/Southwest-ish. I have several samples from samplize (Ibis White, Marshmallow, Snowbound, Alabaster, Greek Villa, and White Flour). I thought I would do Alabaster or Snowbound prior to receiving the samples but now I am back to no idea. I am happy to do more than one color as long as the color fits the space (so cool toned at the back of the house due to south facing and warm toned at the front due to some northern exposure). With regard to the kitchen we planned to do painted white cabinets (Homecrest cabinets only offer a limited number of paint colors so likely we will do Alpine) but we don’t want the are to be washed out. Any and all recommendations for trim (would pure white work with snowbound and alabaster?) and wall colors would be appreciated. I’m not against doing the island a different color or natural wood. Any idea for a white in a bathroom that gets pretty much zero natural light? I tend to like all bright, creamy, neutral interiors I see, but I do not want anything that leans yellow.

    Thank you SO much.

    1. That should say the kitchen/dining nook, great room and master face south/southeast-ish*
      Also, I am still undecided between black knobs/pulls and gold in the kitchen.

    2. Hi Callie! Sounds like your home will be lovely! For warm tone whites, I love Westhighland White and Greek Villa. They’re slightly warm, but not yellowy. For a cool white, Snowbound is a good choice, because it is a cool white that doesn’t lean blue, but is also very light. Pure White also is good for either north facing or south facing rooms. And yes, it will work with both Snowbound and Alabaster for trim. Extra White is SW’s most white white, so that might be a good choice for your trim as well. For a white in a bathroom without any natural light, it is completely going to depend on your artificial lighting. Pick a white you love (any of the ones you listed) and get a soft white incandescent or LED lightbulb. All of that being said, if you love Benjamin Moore colors, just ask your builder to get Benjamin Moore colors at Sherwin Williams! I have done this several times at many Sherwin William’s locations. They won’t guarantee that it will be a perfect match, due to the actual paint product being different, but they can tint the paint to be the exact formula of Benjamin Moore colors. They have the formula for all of the popular colors it seems, so I’m sure they’d have the whites you want. Good luck Callie!

  49. Thank you for you’re quick response. I love the sea Salt.. I will definitely look at the Westhinghland white, and ivory lace.

  50. Hi Lauren! Thank you for sharing your insights on your blog, and responding to each comment. I am always in awe when people are giving back to the community! We are painting our oak kitchen cabinets. Currently torn between alabaster and Greek villa. The kitchen is east facing, and we have Tropical brown granite countertops (not planning to change them in the near future), and will do matte black hardware. Any advice on which of the two colours to use? The current wall colour is a banana pie from Kelly Moore, hoping to change it to some shade of white at a later stage. What would go on the walls with either alabaster or Greek villa On the cabinets?

    1. Hi Neha! I’m happy to have you here! Greek Villa has more of a beige undertone, while Alabaster has more of a gray undertone. Both are very slight, but Greek Villa ends up looking a little bit brighter than Alabaster. If it were me, I would go with Greek Villa, but it is a matter of preference. For the walls, do you want a lighter white or a darker white? For a lighter white, both Greek Villa and Alabaster are very light, so you would have to go with a white such as Pure White (which is lovely). If you want something a bit darker, but still very light, Pearly White or Westhighland White are very nice shades!

      1. Hi Lauren! Thanks for the advice. We’ve been leaning towards Greek villa too but sometimes it looks sooo white and such a contrast to the countertop, and the tile beige colour flooring. I do love westhighland white as a darker option on the walls. We are also considering creamy for the cabinets. Would love your thoughts between Greek villa and creamy!

        1. Hey! So I should mention, Westhighland White isn’t exactly a dark white. It just has a bit more color than Alabaster. If you want a white that won’t provide as much contrast with the countertop and floors, a color like Shoji White or Ivory Lace will have more color. Now about Creamy and Greek Villa… they are very similar, but Creamy has a bit more beige undertones and is just a shade darker. Both would be pretty!

          1. Thank you! We are pretty close to finalising creamy on the cabinets. I’ll worry about the wall colour when I cross that bridge. Torn between some white or some Greige. But thank you so much!!

  51. It seems the builder is very resistive to matching colors and has mentioned it would be very expensive. So I didn’t even want to deal with it. But our appointment for interior selections is coming up, so I will ask. Thank you so much!

  52. Hi Lauren,

    I’m new here but came across your article while researching Sherwin William’s Alabaster paint color. I read through most of the posts and comments on this thread and realize you answered so many of my questions already. You are so kind to answer everyone. I do have one more question though if you don’t mind. I am renovating a lake condo to use as a vacation rental property. We are painting the walls in alabaster and also the kitchen cabinets in the same color. My question is which type of finish should I go with? We are planning satin for the cabinets but for the walls would you recommend eggshell or satin? I understand satin cleans easier but it’s also very reflective and I wonder if it would come across as too shiny, especially in marketing photographs. But it’s more durable and it is a vacation rental. Also since the cabinets will be in satin, would that be too much of the same? I’m leaning towards eggshell for the walls but keep waffling . Any advice?

    1. Hi Jolynna. Thank you for your sweet words! I’m glad you found lots of answers! For the walls, Eggshell and Satin are pretty similar. Either will work, though Sherwin Williams only has Satin I believe (at least, in Superpaint they only have Satin). Satin doesn’t really look shiny to me, and I like that it is more scrubbable. I would imagine this would be a plus in a rental home. I use Satin in my homes, and I’ve never seen a shine in the photos (but check out the photos in this post and see what you think). I wouldn’t worry that it will be too similar in sheen to the cabinets. The light will hit everything differently. If it were me, I would do Satin on the walls, and a Semi-Gloss on the cabinets, because cabinets need to be super scrubbable. But… I have four kids, so maybe my walls and cabinets get dirtier faster! Here is a post on paint finishes, if you want to explore the issue a little more. I hope your renovation is going well!

  53. Hi Lauren,
    Our house was built in 2010 and has a warm stucco exterior and also a warm color scheme inside with an open floor plan. The living room and hallways are beige and all the others rooms are cream. I feel the colors are now dated and I would like to update the interior with paint and modern farmhouse light fixtures. Since my granite, cabinets, railing, and floors are warm, I need to keep the paint warm. I’m open to repainting the trim, but it has to have some warmth too because my window frames and blinds are cream. I like that Alabaster is so fresh and airy. I think it still has enough cream that it would compliment my honey-colored wood floors. However, what color would look nice for the wood trim? Would I also use Alabaster for the trim or do I want a contrast? Also, since my main living room is open to the second floor, would Alabaster look too light for my house? Would Dover white be a better option for me? Also, What color would compliment Alabaster in my other rooms, like the office, bathrooms, kitchen, etc…? I would like to just use two colors throughout the house. Would a combination of Dover white in some rooms and Alabaster in the main part of the house work? As you can see, your expertise is much appreciated!

    1. Hi Jaime! Alabaster would be great with your honey colored wood floors. I like to pair it with either Highly Reflective White or Pure White trim. Alabaster will look very light, just pretty much like white walls. If you want something with a bit more color, I would suggest going with a white with a subtle gray undertone. Dover White is pretty, but I wonder if it will look very similar to the cream walls you already have. Aesthetic White is very popular, and would go well with Alabaster. Or, Greek Villa and Pearly White would be two colors that would go well together. I think the home will look big and bright with either of these color combinations!

  54. What wall color should I use with sw alabaster trim if I want a tone-on-tone look. I do want enough contrast to make the trim pop. I have natural cherry cabinets, travertine counters and floors, and bisque tub and shower tile. I was looking at SW natural tan and Sw maison blanche, but thinking they might be too much contrast. With the bisque tile and warm tones in the wood, do I go with a warm undertone or cooler for balance??

    1. Hi Linda! Check out Creamy and see if that may give you the look you’re going for. Unfortunately, Alabaster doesn’t really have a good, slightly darker version. As for whether you should go with a warm or cool undertone, I would stick with a warm one. A cool one will likely just look out of place since all of the other colors are warm. Hope this helps!

  55. Hi Lauren, you helped me the other day with paint colors I hadn’t looked at. Which happened to be exactly what I had vision. Thank you for your suggestion. The first one is Ivory Lace which I think I’m going to paint in my living room, dining Room, hallway, and maybe master bedroom. The other one is Westhinghland. Which I want to do my bathrooms and kitchen. What do you think about extra white for the trim and doors? Or should I used pure white? If I decide to paint my kitchen cabinets what white would you suggest? I like the Contrasts where the doors and trim pop.. Again thank you for your help..

    1. Hi Debra! So glad it worked out! For trim, Pure White is pretty, but has a touch of color. If you want something that will provide the most contrast, I would go with High Reflective White. Extra White is good for trim, but it has a slight blue undertone that will be very cool with your warm colors like Westhighland White or Ivory Lace. For the Cabinets, Pure White would be great. I think High Reflective White may be a bit too stark for cabinets. I’m excited for your house to be painted!

  56. I am thinking of using alabasta on the walls, extra white on the trim, and then also extra white to paint our kitchen cabinets 🙂 Does that sound like a good combo? I’ve found shopping for paint so strangely overwhelming! Lol

    Also, I would be FOREVER greatful if you could help me pick something for our floor to match. We are looking for a vinyl or potentially a laminate. I tend to prefer the darker cooler toned color…but I know many people are going lighter with the flooring now. Would love an idea! I have a gift care to Lowes, so I would need to find it there!! ❤❤

    1. Hi Samantha! Paint shopping can definitely be overwhelming! That combo will work, but I might be tempted to go with Pure White or High Reflective White instead of Extra White. Extra White has bluish undertones while the other two listed are more warm or neutral. For flooring, I really like water proof vinyl planks. We just put some locking vinyl plank tiles in our basement and they were SO easy to put down. Definitely a great DIY to try. Here is a link to a luxury vinyl (meaning its waterproof, scratch resistant, etc.) As for the color, don’t stress that light colors are in right now. Dark wood colors are always in, where as the light and gray tiles are more trendy. Go with what you love! Good luck on your remodel!

  57. Hi Lauren! I’m so glad I found your site! I’m learning so much. My kitchen cabinets are painted Alabaster and I have dark floors with a cherrywood tint. My walls are currently revere pewter, which I loved for the past 10 years, but I’m trying to lighten things up a bit to the brighter/whiter trend that is so popular now. I’m worried about some light colors making my Alabaster cabinets look too yellow. I also don’t want anything too stark, I like some warmth while still reading fresh and clean. Can you suggest a paint color that might work? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Krista! Thank you for your sweet words! Revere Pewter has been king for a long time, but the lighter colors are starting to trend heavily! Alabaster won’t be too yellow with white walls – its a very light white. For something warm but still very white that won’t yellow your cabinets, check out Greek Villa or Ivory Lace. Good luck!

  58. Hi Lauren! We are thinking of painting our walls Alabaster and trims pure white. But having trouble picking a gray for the accent wall. Will any shade go? Light or dark?

    1. Hi Rebecca! I would pick a warm gray (one with slightly purple or brown undertones) over a cool gray (one with blue undertones). Light or dark, whichever you like, is fine. Some options would be Gauntlet Gray (dark), Dorian Gray (medium), or Repose Gray (light). You can’t really go wrong though. Just pick a gray you like!

  59. Hi, Lauren!! You are awesome and so generous with your knowledge!! I am about to paint 3 bedrooms and I am loving all the lighter colors. I “think” I have decided on SW Natural Choice for the wall color (although I love alabaster, white duck, and Greek villa, too). One bedroom doesn’t get a ton of light. The colors are so close that I’m hoping I don’t screw this up!! I thought I would do the trim the same color I put on the wall. Good idea?? Or do you suggest differently? What about the doors? Ceiling?? Thanks so much!!

    1. Thank you Tracie! Natural Choice is very pretty! I think you’ll like it. If it were me, I would paint the trim a starker white than Natural Choice though. If you go with Greek Villa or Alabaster, you can do it all the same, but Natural Choice and White Duck have much more color in them and will make the trim look a bit dingy. For the doors and trim, I always suggest Pure White. For the ceiling, you can go with Pure White as well if you want, but Sherwin William’s ceiling paint (which comes in a specific ceiling paint color) is pretty nice as is. Hope this helps! For what it is worth, my favorite between Alabaster and Greek Villa is Greek Villa. It’s just brighter and cleaner, in my opinion. For a white with more color, I like White Duck a lot too because it has a touch of gray.

  60. Hi Lauren! I’ve been struggling with choosing a white for our kitchen wall. We bought a new house are keeping our honey oak cabinets that were custom built. We are planning on white subway tile as the backsplash and wall under that cabinets and above the stove/oven. I am debating between steamed milk, alabaster and marshmallow. I am worried steamed milk might be too yellow. And I’m not sure on white or off white subway tile as well. I want the kitchen to look clean but not too white and not yellowish. We were thinking of new countertops that were more white/cream with some warm brown to tie in the cabinets not sure if granite or quartz yet. Ahh so many decisions! Help! Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Leeanne! Congratulations on the new house! I agree, I think Steamed Milk will be too yellow. You’re definitely on the right track. White subway tiles tend to be pretty white, and may not go well with off-white walls. I would probably go with off-white subway tiles and a color such as Alabaster or Creamy. Marshmallow has pink undertones, and may accentuate the orange in the honey oak cabinets. If you go with quartz, be sure to get samples so you don’t end up with something super white (as this will clash with off-white walls and tiles). Good luck with your choices!

  61. Lauren, so glad I found your website. We are downsizing and just bought a small condo, needs updating and freshening. We like a neutral palette and not a lot of “stuff” going on. Furnishings will be on the modern/contemporary side. We’ve decided on Agreeable Gray for the walls throughout and need a “white” for kitchen cabinets, trim, ceiling and fireplace. We got some samples from Samplize of Alabaster, Incredible White and Westhighland White. We think we like the Alabaster for the kitchen cabinets but wondering about the trim and fireplace. May we use it there, also, or do we need some other white? What about the ceilings? They are high and have some skylights, if that helps.

    1. Hi Laurie! Congrats on the condo purchase! I love Agreeable Gray! You can definitely use Alabaster on all those surfaces. It you want the ease of just having one color, Alabaster is a great one to pick. You could also go with Alabaster for the cabinets and fireplace and Pure White for the ceilings and trim. The home is going to look so bright and clean!

  62. Hi! I loved this post and read all the reviews and was thrilled to see you respond !! Quick question, I have a south facing master bedroom with a large tree in front of a pretty big window. Will alabaster look ok in the south facing room? I’m looking for a white/ off-white paint color, I don’t want bright white. Also, I’m on the fence with pure white trim vs monochromatic, but I think I prefer the little bit of contrast, thoughts ? Thank you in advance !

    1. Hi Liz! Thanks for your comment! Alabaster will be fine – and definitely won’t look like a bright white. For the trim, Pure White will be a VERY SLIGHT contrast, and it may not even be noticeable that it is different. If you want more of a contrast, go with High Reflective White. I hope you love how your room turns out!

  63. Hi Lauren! I’ve read through all of the posts and seems like so many of us are in the same boat about the white colors. My son just bought his first home, which is an older home and I’m helping with the paint colors. At first he was thinking a lighter gray for the walls such as Repose Gray. I don’t think that will work now after seeing this home at different times of the day. This house like others doesn’t get a lot of natural light in some rooms, especially the family room unfortunately, the kitchen light to moderate amounts, and the two guests bedrooms don’t get much at all due to trees. All the cabinets and trim are in that old honey oak yellowish/orange color and it is ALL getting painted. At first I was thinking of using Alabaster on trim and cabinets, but now after more research I’m thinking the trim and cabinets needs to be Pure White. Was also looking at the Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (having SW make that color since all the other paint will be coming from them) for the walls with Pure White for ceiling. However, after reading all of your posts I’m left wondering if even the BM Classic Gray will be to dark and maybe just stick with Pure White (trim, cabinets, door, and ceilings) and either Alabaster, Greek Villa, or Westhighland White for the walls (this after reading your responses to others). And I don’t know if later he will be changing the granite counter tops in kitchen, but right now it’s the darker brown with black and white specks. The backsplash is more of a neutral light gray/taupe color. I’m just not wanting to see any more yellow color at all in that house. Thank you so much in advance for your valued input!!

    1. Hi Helen! Classic Gray is a very light color, and is MUCH lighter than Repose Gray. It will go nicely with Pure White, and the place is going to feel SO much brighter once all of the trim is painted. Alabaster, Greek Villa and Westhighland White are great shades if you want a white room, but if you want something with a bit of visual interest, Classic Gray is a great, updated neutral shade to choose. It is going to look like a whole new house once you’re done painting! Take care!

  64. Hello! Thanks so much for all of your input and helpful responses here. We are painting our exterior and I am trying to decide between Alabaster, Pure White or Westhighland. Our house is LP siding and windows are white. The front of the house faces east, so we get lots of bright morning sun and then evening sun on the back. I don’t want to have such a stark white which worries me with pure white. I also don’t want the house to look cream against our white windows. What undertones does Alabaster cast and what is the difference between Alabaster and Westhighland? Any input would be much appreciated! I have to give my painter our color choice tomorrow.

    1. Hi Kellie! All those colors are great shades, but they have their subtle differences. If you don’t want a stark white, I agree that you should steer away from Pure White. It also sounds like you don’t want a white with yellow undertones, since that will make it look cream compared to your white windows. Alabaster tends to have gray undertones, while Westhighland White has more of yellowish ones. Between the three, Alabaster is your best bet. You also might want to consider Snowbound, as it is a good white that won’t look cream and won’t be stark. I’m sorry that I didn’t get back to you sooner! I hope your paint choices work out well!

  65. Hi Lauren! Your article is so helpful and you are so kind to respond to everyone.
    I have a question. We are remodeling a home and our paint colors are due to the painter ASAP and I am losing sleep over deciding. I am definitely doing Alabaster on all the walls in our open floor plan. Pure white trim and ceilings. Naval on lower kitchen cabinets. Can I put Alabaster on the upper cabinets? I am torn after reading that cabinets should match the trim. I just don’t want my upper cabinets to be stark white (pure white). Is it okay if the upper cabinets match the wall color instead of the trim color?
    Please advice and thank you so much!!!!

    1. Hi Sarah! You picked perfect colors! You can totally put Alabaster on the uppers of your cabinets. I’m guessing your walls will be a satin finish, while your cabinets will be more of a semi-gloss or gloss. Differentiating the sheen is a good way to use the same paint color on your walls and cabinets. Hope you love how your home remodel turns out!

  66. Hi Lauren! Your article and responses to so many comments is so helpful! We just bought a house and I would love your opinion. We are thinking of painting all the trim Pure White and the living room walls either White Dove or Alabaster in the family room. I am not sure if we should carry the same color through to the kitchen or choose a subtlety different neutral/light gray color to compliment our maple cabinets. Thanks 🙂

    1. Or vice versa – White Dove or Alabaster in the kitchen and subtlety different neutral/light gray color in the living room???

    2. Hi Natalie! You can do either! If you choose to carry a slightly different neutral into the kitchen, Edgecomb Gray would be a great choice. It is warm, and looks almost like a creamy gray, if that makes any sense! White Dove and Alabaster are both nice! White Dove has a hint of yellow in it and Alabaster has a touch more gray. I would probably choose Alabaster if you put it in the kitchen, because it may compliment the maple cabinets better. And for trim, I always use Pure White. I have it with both White Dove and Alabaster in my house, and it is great with both. There is more of a contrast between the White Dove and Pure White than Alabaster and Pure White. Hope this helps!

  67. We’re painting our north facing room rave red, with gunstock oak hardwood floors and trying to decide between westhighland white or alabaster for the trim. We like timeless, classic vibes – which would you suggest? Thanks for all your tips and tricks 🙂

    1. Hi Molly! Both Rave Red and Gunstock Oak have very warm undertones, so I would go with Westhighland White. I hope you love how your room turns out!

  68. Hello! Thank you for all the helpful info in the comments! Our kitchen walls are Alabaster and trim/ceilings throughout the house are Extra White. We are painting the kitchen cabinets white soon but I am stuck on the color choice. Thinking about High Reflective White but then would we have to repaint the trim and ceilings throughout the house to match? We may go Extra White just to avoid all that work but I truly feel it is too blue for the cabinets next to the Alabaster walls (we also have a cream backsplash and granite with tan tones). What do you think? Does the trim HAVE to match the cabinets? Would HRW work well with leaving the Alabaster and Extra White, there a different color I should consider that would work well without repainting everything else?

    1. Hi Becca! The trim does not have to match the cabinets. I agree that Extra White may be a bit too blue on the cabinets. Have to considered Pure White? I think that it may be a little less bright and stark than High Reflective White, and will still go nicely with the Alabaster walls. Since it won’t be right next to the trim, I think it’ll work well. Hope this helps!

  69. Hi Lauren, I am looking to change my wall color to white throughout my house. I have found there are so many whites to choose from. The carpet is a mix of charcoal and light gray with lighter or honey oak hardwood floors, trim and kitchen cabinets. After looking at many paint colors I am leaning towards Alabaster with it being a warmer off white. I believe it would compliment both the carpet and floors but I would appreciate your thoughts.

    1. Hi Kathy! Whites are hard! Alabaster would work well for you though. It is a good white because it is warmer, but doesn’t introduce more yellow or orange into the room. It has a hint of gray, so it’ll go nicely with the carpet too. It’ll look pretty!

      1. Hi Lauren, Thank you for your thoughts and reassurance with my thought of using Alabaster. For the sake of considering a bit more color to compare is there a light gray that you would recommend? I want to brighten up the walls but would still like to stay with the warmer colors if possible. Thanks again, Kathy.

  70. Hi Lauren! After a long summer of researching what colors look best in West facing rooms with 2 large East facing windows, 2 rectangular West facing windows and 3 small north facing windows that cast different undertones when paired with fixed elements throughout the day, I repainted my open living room space in Sherwin Williams creamy and hated it! It turned the color of a peachy nude crayon when the light from my large East facing windows poured in the room. I went to Sherwin Williams and asked them to try and remix the satin paint to look as close to duck white as possible. The result is beautiful. It is a tad lighter than the true duck white but it looks gorgeous throughout the day and night. I have bright white on the ceiling and primed bright white on the trim and doors. Do you think I should paint the trim and doors in bright white, pure white, or alabaster semi gloss? My living room, kitchen, and dining are all one room with vaulted ceilings. I am going for a modern farmhouse feel with rustic elements. The living room also has an open rectangular nook at the top of the wall that looks into the hallway and I was wondering which color you think would compliment duck white to paint in the hallway with the same color trim and doors as the living room? I was thinking sea salt? This has been a long journey for me and I want to get it right. I aprreciate your time and expertise!

    1. Hi Kimberly! I’m so glad you were able to salvage your paint! I think you should paint the trim Pure White. I find Alabaster to be a bit too pigmented for my taste, especially when paired with white walls (though White Duck is an off-white). Extra White has a cool, blue undertone, so I think Pure White is the best bet. Sea Salt is lovely, and will go well with White Duck. It is light enough that you can use it in a hallway, but has enough color to be interesting. I would pair that with Pure White too. Your house is going to look amazing when you’re finished!

  71. Hi Lauren,
    I have an open concept kitchen/living room facing north and a little dark. We have dark wood floors and I would like to paint the walls Alabaster, I already order my kitchen cabinets in BM white Dove and I was thinking on painting trims in Pure white or white dove. Any suggestions? Do white dove and alabaster work together? I though about painting all the trim in alabaster but it looks too creamy in my dining and home office (south facing).

    Thank you so much for answering all our questions, you are so kind!

  72. Hi Lauren,
    I have read a lot of your responses and they are all so helpful. I am painting my pool house Alabaster and have read that a lot are painting the trim and interior doors the same . What do you recommend painting the trim and interior doors if the walls are Alabaster.

    1. Hi Laurie! I always like Pure White for trim. I know that some people like to do the trim and walls the same color, but I like my trim to be crisp and bright!

  73. Hi Lauren,

    Amazing blog! And more so amazing that you know your colours so well that you can visualize and comment just from verbal descriptions!

    So here is our situation; 1950’s rancher and we are re-doing “mid century modern”. We have original red/white oak floors and just layed 2” red oak in the kitchen to “match” the rest of the house. The refinish/finish on all the floors is a water based clear coat, making the floors a light tan-y colour with slight hints/light dependant of remaining “pink” from the red oak.

    We will install IKEA Axstad white upper/lower wall cabinets and IKEA Axstad grey island. Countertop is quartz “mineral white”.

    So, our question is which SW white would work best with our current elements for the walls? We already were thinking Pure White for the trim and the ceilings have already been done in SW ceiling white.

    Thanks SO much!

    1. Hi Terry! Thank you for your kind words! I always try my best to answer all the questions that come in based on the descriptions and hope that my responses are helpful! When questions are just about paint – comparing this paint to that paint – it’s easier to do. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good response for you on this one. Since I don’t have a sample of the mineral white quartz, or of the white uppers from IKEA, I’m not sure which white will work for you! Whites can have cool or warm undertones. I’m guessing that the undertones in the quartz and cabinets will be cool, and that Alabaster will not be the best bet for you. Pure White will probably be fine for the trim because it is pretty neutral. For the walls, check out Snowbound and Ice Cube. They are cooler in nature, with gray in them, and might be a better fit for your kitchen. Again though, without knowing how the whites are that you currently have in the kitchen, it is hard for me to make a good recommendation. I’m sorry I can’t give you a better answer!

      1. Thanks! Very helpful!

        Last question: Our floors are red oak. After refinishing with a clear coat, we have some “pink” with the naturalness of the light tan. Can you suggest a warmer white/off white wall colour that could possibly help in suppressing the “pink”.

        We have tons of windows = natural light.

        Once again, thanks!

  74. Hi Lauren,

    I have read through all of this and I am not sure anyone’s situations quite match mine. I have alabaster trim and cabinets throughout my house. I am looking for the best white for the walls and the ceiling. Right now most of my ceiling has white dove on it. Most rooms that need paint face west and gets lots of afternoon sun. I am looking at doing alabaster in satin on the walls, and I am wondering if white dove in flat on ceilings would look ok in those rooms or should I just do alabaster in a flat as well on the ceiling? And I have a bedroom with BM Ice Cubed Silver on the walls, and Alabaster on the trim. Should I whiten up the ceiling? The alabaster on the trim looks a bit dingy against the Ice Cubed Silver. And last question on whites, what about a new master closet with built ins? Should I stick to Alabaster on the built ins, or whiten it up more since there is no natural light in this new master closet? I love reading through all your answers and appreciate any opinions you have.

    1. Hi Tara! Between the two, I would recommend using Alabaster in flat on the ceilings instead of White Dove. White Dove has more yellowy undertones than Alabaster, so I’m not sure they’ll look great right next to each other. For the room with Iced Cube Silver, I would go with a brighter choice. I like Sherwin William’s Ceiling White paint as it is, but if you want to tint it, Pure White would be good. For the built ins, I would pick Pure White. It will make them bright, crisp and beautiful! Hope this helps!

      1. Yes thank you so much!

  75. Hi Lauren,

    You are so kind to answer so many questions for people. We are about to paint our kitchen/family room and hallway with the Alabaster and our kitchen and hallway cabinets are going to be white as well. How do you feel about doors painted gray and what gray would you recommend? This would be for pantry door and all bedroom doors down the hallway. Thank you so much for your time!

    1. Hi Gina! I LOVE painted doors! It adds so much to the space, especially with white walls. If you want a lighter gray, Stonington Gray looks gorgeous on doors. For a darker gray, gauntlet gray looks really nice too. Here is a list of the top 20 gray paint colors – you may find the right gray for you here!

  76. Hi Lauren,
    I am remodeling a kitchen. The house was built in 1939. We found an old brick chimney hidden behind a wall. Lucky me. I am doing the cabinets in Farrow and Ball Downpipe. I have an area on the other side of the chimney that i am going to make look like a hutch and i am doing that in Alabaster. The counter tops are teresa honed quartz. My question is what to do on the walls? i have an eat in area that will have a lot of wall color. I am leaning towards either sticking with the alabaster in a satin finish or I don’t know? Also, i have found that it seems to be a trend where they are painting the ceiling the same color as the walls. I am old school where ceilings have always been white. What do you suggest?

    1. Hi Sherri! Love your color choices!! And a brick chimney behind a wall!! For the walls, what way are you leaning? Shiplap would go well with all the elements you’ve listed. If you’re leaning more towards painted walls, Alabaster would be great. It is a good, not too bright white that still looks white. If your walls are Alabaster, it would be perfectly fine to do the ceiling in the same color. It will look like a white ceiling. I have seen the painted ceiling trend with actual colors, and I think it only works in certain spaces. For the average house, I would advise against it. It will likely make the room feel smaller and dark (unless you’re painting the walls and ceiling white). If you have vaulted ceiling or something, it may work a little better.

  77. Any ideas on trim and swinging door also?

    1. And for the trim and swinging door, I always go with Pure White. Hope everything comes together really nicely for your Sherri! It sounds gorgeous!!

  78. We are in the middle of remodeling our ranch style home in a “farmhouse theme”. I have an open concept kitchen, living and dining area. Front of home faces east and the back of home faces west. We are painting shiplap walls in Alabaster. We will have sheetrock walls on some internal walls of the home. Shiplap will be 4 ft midway of wall to the floor. So a paint color is needed for the sheetrock. Can you help? The walls will be all shiplap on east and west side of the open concept of living/dining area.
    We desperately need a ceiling color and a baseboard color as well. We are not doing any crown molding. Do you recommend painting the whole house in Alabaster?
    I want to paint my cabinets “fluff white”.
    My floors will be Red oak in Jacobean stain.
    I have a brick fireplace with browns and tans and red color bricks so I would like to use wood accents in my dining and kitchen by using a geometric triangle wood / black iron pendant lights.
    Can you help me?


    1. Hi Debbie! You can’t go wrong with painting the whole thing Alabaster, but it also looks really nice if you differentiate the trim and ceiling. I like Pure White for trim. It is bright and clean, but not so cool that it has a bluish undertone. For ceilings, I typically go with Sherwin William’s ceiling paint, untinted, because it’s a pretty good color as is – very bright and neutral. Wood accents will be gorgeous with all the white and the shiplap.

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