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Sherwin Williams Alabaster Paint Color Review

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

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

Alabaster’s Popularity

Sherwin Williams Alabaster color is one of the most popular white paint colors that Sherwin Williams has. 

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 now.

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.  Timeless colors that are popular are more classic in their appeal. 

Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster color is the perfect, timeless white. 

It has a bit of warmth without being too yellow, too blue or too beige.  In addition, it pairs well with both warm or cool colors.  

Sherwin Williams Alabaster Color Undertones

Alabaster Paint, Sherwin Williams

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.  

If Alabaster is going to lean one way it another, it tends to pull towards yellow. More often than not though, I find that this is because of the lighting in the room. Yellow toned (warm) light bulbs can really throw a yellow look on your Alabaster walls. If you paint your walls Alabaster white, but you’re only seeing yellow, you may want to consider changing your light bulbs to see if it helps tone it down.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster white on walls

Sherwin Williams Alabaster Color Compared

When I do a full paint color review, I like to compare the paint shade I’m discussing to other popular paint colors that are in the same color family. This can be helpful for readers who are trying to decide between different paint colors.

For Alabaster, we will compare it to Extra White, Greek Villa, Swiss Coffee, White Dove, Snowbound, and Dover White.

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SW Alabaster Vs. Extra White

Alabaster vs. Extra 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.  

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.

Click here for more information about Extra White.

SW Alabaster Vs. Greek Villa

Alabaster vs. Greek Villa

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

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.

Click here for a full color review on Greek Villa.

SW Alabaster vs. Swiss Coffee

Alabaster vs. Swiss Coffee

Swiss Coffee is a creamy paint color by Benjamin Moore. It is very similar to Alabaster, but lacks the gray that Alabaster has. Swiss Coffee is light an airy, without any shading to it.

These paint colors are so similar that if one works in your home, the other probably will as well. But, there are subtle differences between them, and you may find that you like one better than the other.

I recommend sampling both to determine whether you like Swiss Coffee or Alabaster better.

Click here for more information about Swiss Coffee.

SW Alabaster vs. White Dove

Alabaster vs. White Dove

White Dove is a very popular off-white paint color by Benjamin Moore.

I always think of White Dove as Benjamin Moore’s Alabaster (and vice versa). White Dove Benjamin Moore’s most popular soft, creamy white paint color, while Albaster is Sherwin William’s most popular soft, creamy white paint color.

Despite this, they aren’t exactly the same paint colors. Alabaster has a bit more of a beige quality to it, where as White Dove is more yellow its undertones.

White Dove can be used on trim and woodwork, like Alabaster.

While both may work in your home, you may find that you like one better than the other. The way to choose is going to be to pick up a Samplize square of these two shades and try them out in your space. I’ll explain more about Samplize squares later in this post.

Click here for more information about White Dove.

SW Alabaster vs. Snowbound

Alabaster vs. Snowbound

Snowbound is a warm paint color with pink and purple undertones. This make it a different kind of warmth than Alabaster.

Alabaster’s yellow undertones bring a creamy look to the paint, while Snowbound’s pink/purple undertones bring a cozy softness to the shade.

Snowbound and Alabaster have similar depths. Snowbound can also work on trim, but it isn’t a common shade for trim.

Snowbound is a good paint color if you prefer taupe colored shades. It is a great option for someone who wants a warm paint color that doesn’t have any yellow in it.

Click here for more information about Snowbound.

SW Alabaster vs. Dover White

Alabaster vs. Dover White

Dover White is a creamy paint color by Sherwin Williams. When comparing Dover White to Alabaster, Dover White has a bit more orange in it, and and a bit less gray in it.

Alabaster is also a bit lighter than Dover White. It has a higher LRV, making it a shade that can also work on trim if you want a soft white trim color. Dover White would probably be a bit too much color for trim for most people.

Dover White might be a good choice who wants a creamy look to the room, but has a lot of cool, northern lighting. Where Alabaster might come off looking more white, Dover White will bring a little more warmth to the space.

But, if you have a lot of warm light in your space, Dover White may look a bit too warm, and Alabaster might be perfect.

Click here for more information about Dover White.

SW Alabaster vs. Pure White

Pure White is a very popular paint color by Sherwin Williams. In fact, it is one of my go-to paint colors for trim if I am using Sherwin Williams paint.

This is because Pure White is a white paint color that works with almost any other shade. White it is still bright, it isn’t stark at all. Pure White is lighter, and has a higher LRV, than Alabaster. And, it has less color in it than Alabaster does.

Pure White has gray and yellow undertones, but they are pretty understated. Next to Alabaster, Pure White will look very white. But, when you compare Pure White to a cleaner white, such as High Reflective White, you’ll see the gray in Pure White.

The gray just lends a bit of softness, while the yellow makes Pure White a little warm.

So, Alabaster is a much creamier and warmer white paint color when comparing it to Pure White.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster vs. Pure White

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

If you look at Alabaster compared to other whites, it is easy to see what it is a warmer white. 

Though the 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. 

Alabaster white is a soft look. It is airy and warm, but not too yellow.

Where should I use Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster Color?

Sherwin Williams Alabaster Paint

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 Alabaster on the walls as a crisp, clean backdrop to your decor. 

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

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

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

Complimentary Colors for Alabaster Paint

Alabaster goes with many other paint colors. Because it is a warm neutral, it goes well with many other warm neutrals. Additionally, it works with many blues and greens.

Sherwin Williams has curated a color palette of warm browns that pair with Alabaster. Townhall Tan is a medium depth paint color that grounds the color scheme. Dakota Wheat is an orangy tan that provides a pop of color to this warm grouping of shades.

Trim Colors for Alabaster

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.

The trim will look brighter than the walls, but all the undertones will match perfectly.

If you want to see how it looks to have Alabaster walls with Alabaster trim, join my Facebook group and search “Alabaster”. There is a great example with pictures of someone who painted their kitchen in all Alabaster white. The cabinets and trim are a higher sheen of Alabaster, while the walls are a lower sheen. It looks gorgeous!

Alabaster Walls with Pure White Trim

Second, you can paint your walls one white paint color and paint your trim in 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.

If you want a brighter white trim color, High Reflective White is a good option.

Ceiling Colors for Alabaster Walls

People frequently want to know what color they should paint their ceiling if their walls are Alabaster white.

My top recommendations are going to be similar to my trim color guidance.

Alabaster is a perfectly fine color to use on your wall and your ceiling. It is light and bright enough that it won’t make your ceiling look dingy, but also will give the room a bit of softness if you use it for a ceiling shade.

If you have plans to repaint someday though, I would advise going with a brighter and more versatile white paint color that will go with anything if you change the wall color.

For example, Pure White, High Reflective White and Chantilly Lace are all white paint colors that will go with Alabaster walls. The ceiling will be brighter than the walls, but it won’t make too much of a splash, because ceilings are shady areas of a room anyways.

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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Samplize square on wall

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SW Alabaster paint color

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Deb

Monday 8th of August 2022

I just read your post on SW Alabaster which is what I would like to paint the walls in my home. I am thinking about painting my trim and interior doors a different color than a creamy white. My trim now is white but I wanted to do something different. I wanted a contrast but I don’t want it to be a stark contrast.

Deborah Bennett

Thursday 28th of July 2022

Cabinets are SW Poised Taupe and trim is SW Pure White, both in semi-gloss, but the Pure White looks much more glossy than the Poised Taupe even though they’re the same finish. Is it because the white is reflecting more light affecting the sheen? Will be repainting cabinets SW Greek Villa. Will semi gloss look too shiny? Should I go with satin, want a sheen more than a shine. Could it be the oak cabinets with a lot of grain “absorbing” the paint more

Luis

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

Hi Lauren! Our kitchen cabinets are Sw 7012 Creamy with Mdi Larsen top and gold knobs and lightning fixtures. What colors pair well for the kitchen walls? Should I continue with Creamy as ceiling and trim color? The kitchen area faces West. Thank you so much for your help.

Lauren

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

Hi Luis! You could continue with Creamy in a satin on the walls, semi-gloss on the trim, and flat on the ceiling, but for more contrast I might check out Shoji White or Natural Choice. Pure White is another good choice for a ceiling and trim color, and it will be more versatile for pairing with other colors if you ever decide to repaint the walls down the road. Good luck!

Marci

Saturday 25th of June 2022

My kitchen cabinets will be Alabaster and am planning for my walls to be Edgecomb Gray in the kitchen and surrounding rooms. First do these 2 colors pair well? Should I continue with Alabaster as ceiling and trim color or use pure white trim throughout the kitchen and all adjoining spaces? House faces East. Thank you so much for your expertise.

Lauren

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

Hi Marci! Alabaster and Edgecomb Gray will be great together! For the ceiling and trim color, you could go with Alabaster and it would be fine. But, if you want a brighter white, then I would go with Pure White or High Reflective White. Its really a preference thing - how bright do you want your trim to be? If you're okay with a soft, creamy trim, go with Alabaster.

marilyn

Monday 7th of March 2022

hi! I'm wondering about Agreeable Gray in the halls and Drift of Mist in den (other colors - sea salt and evening shadow + others in bedrooms). Would alabaster be a good trim white with these? Any suggestions for ceiling color??

Lauren

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Hi Marilyn! Yes, Alabaster will work. It won't provide a huge contrast with Drift of Mist, but it won't clash. If you like more contrast, consider Pure White. For the ceiling, I would go with Pure White for a very white ceiling, or if you like a creamy ceiling color, go with Alabaster to match the trim. Good luck!