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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 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.  

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.

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Cleo

Monday 18th of January 2021

Currently in the process of trying to figure out what shade of white to paint our house. The goal is to brighten up the house. Our kitchen has brown cabinets and brown floors, so I was trying to think of a white that would pair nicely. Our trim is currently that bright, white and the backsplash is an off white with a hint of grey. My sister recommended Alabaster, but I'm not sure. Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance :)

Joyce

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

We are putting in Alpine White perimeter cabinets and a Baltic Blue Island and lighter wood floors. We are going to use black hardware for doors and want the "all white" look of the walls. I color matched the cabinet door at SW and it came back to their Ice Cube white, which has a bluish undertone. What white, in your opinion, would be the best all over white for the walls, trim, ceiling... without clashing with the cool tones of the cabinets. I don't care to have blue showing through on the walls and would like to warm up the rooms ever so slightly without seeing yellow. Most rooms have a lot of natural light and there will be natural accents throughout the house to also warm things up... but I don't want the cabinets to look out of place and repainting them isn't an option right now. I am open to different colors or even using one amazing color on everything...

Lauren

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Hi Joyce! For the best all over white that coordinates with Ice Cube, go with Extra White. It has very cool undertones, and can work on trim, walls and ceilings. Extra White does have blue undertones though, so get a sample and check it with your lighting in the house before you choose that color. For one that is a little warmer (though still not warm by any means), Pure White is a good white that shouldn't clash with anything. Of course, pick up a swatch and make sure it goes with the cabinet color, but I think it'll work. Pure White won't look blue or yellow in your house. It goes nicely on walls, ceilings and trim (in different sheens). Hope this helps!

Nicole Griffith

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Hi! Reading through these questions and answers has been so helpful. We are in the process of redoing our exterior. We have an expanded cape with a front porch. I love the look of a white exterior and am drawn to Alabaster White. I saw a picture on Pinterest of a similar-looking white with blue-grey trim. Do you think Sea Salt would work for the window trim and shutters? Can we still do a bright white on the rails and columns on the porch or would you recommend doing that in Alabaster as well? OR - should we do something with a little more color to contrast with a bright white porch and the sea salt (or other blue grey) trim? This is the look I'm hoping to achieve - but we have a black roof... https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d7/cb/3d/d7cb3dd0b121e8b6699faf0bf4795fbd.jpg

Thank you for your help!

Lauren

Monday 7th of December 2020

Hi Nicole! I love that look too! I do think Sea Salt will work for you. My only fear is that it will look more gray than blue/green, but perhaps that is what you want. I would definitely get either a Samplize square or a sample can of Sea Salt and see how it looks in the sun to you. If it looks too light, try Oyster Bay. You could do your railings and columns a brighter white, and I'd recommend Pure White if you do. I don't know that you'll see much of a difference between them though. Given the picture you linked to, I probably do something with more color, as that will really change the look. For example, if you do Iron Ore or Urbane Bronze, it'll look really nice, but much different than that picture. So it is all a matter of what you like and what look you want to achieve. Good luck!

Amber

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Thanks for this blog! We just recently moved and are wanting to paint our kitchen and great room. Our cabinets are alabaster that we plan to keep, our trim is Extra White in high gloss. We have dark walnut floors and our granite counters are a combination of grey, white and brown. The walls are currently March wind and it just feels so dark. We were wanting to go with a white but not sure what color would be best. We really don’t want a white that will give strong undertones with the trim or cabinets. I even considered extra white (same color as trim) but in a softer sheen like satin. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

Michelle DeFriez

Friday 20th of November 2020

I have alabaster cabinets in my kitchen. Would it be ok to use sw pure white for trim and ceiling or should I stick with alabaster for a better cohesive look? Also, my granite is uba tuba black granite and I can’t decide between agreeable gray, anew gray or repose gray? Does repose gray look nice with alabaster?

Lauren

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Hi Michelle! You can use Pure White for your trim, but Alabaster trim would definitely create a more cohesive look. For a wall color to go with your granite, I would recommend either Agreeable Gray or Repose Gray. I find Anew Gray to be a touch too dark. Any of them would look nice with Alabaster. Repose Gray has less gray than Agreeable Gray, so it will read a little bit cooler. Uba Tuba has both cool and warm flecks in it, so you can go either way, but I would probably go with Repose Gray.