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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Sherwin Williams Alabaster Paint Color Review

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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!

        1. Hi Lauren! I’m redoing my bathroom and I’m overwhelmed by color choice. I’d like to achieve a white/clean look that’s warm and cozy at the same time. Is this even possible?! The vanity will be a medium wood tone with white quartz counter and I’m leaning towards white subway tile. Would alabaster work for a wall color ? Maybe with Pure White trim? Or would that look bad with white subway? And what about the ceiling color? Too many decisions to make!!! I would love to hear your opinion as you clearly know you stuff 🙂

          1. Hi Debbie! Yes, I think it is possible to get a clean white that is also warm! But, I think you need to start by choosing your white subway tile and then choose a paint shade based on it. If you pick a paint color first, you may end up finding that the white subway tiles make the paint look dingy. It can be hard to match whites, but since there are a bunch more paint colors than subway tile colors (or at least they’re easier to access), you’re better to start with the tile and end with the paint rather than the other way around. Hope this helps!

  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.

  79. How do you feel about Alabaster for an exterior color on stucco ? I was thinking of painting my home Alabaster ( All the trim as well ) with no contrasting color except for my black door and black rail on the portico ( the roof is also almost black ) . I also have a little stone on the front . I am looking for a creamy white with no yellow. My stucco now is a DRYVIT color called Pure Cream and it has a lot of yellow in it so I am looking to keep it light but go creamy with no yellow and Alabaster seems to fit this. Thank you !!!!

    1. Hi Lorie! Sounds like it will be the perfect shade! I love that you’re pairing the Alabaster with black accents.

  80. Hi, I just spend hours online reading about WHITE paint. I would like to paint my living room, dining room, and kitchen ALABASTER- SW 7008. Love this color.
    Have a small guesthouse that I painted the ceilings Pure white, the walls ALABASTER and the trim Oyster Bay.
    Looks ok, but do not want this much contrast between baseboard, and crown moulding in main house. What would you suggest for a trim color using Alabaster on the walls? Also end of the house is the master suite, should the trim color stay the same, or would it still be cohesive to change that to another color…want to use Rain SW 6219 on the walls in master bedroom and bathroom. Thanks for the help. Very confusing. Love your blog.

    1. Hi Lindy! If I’m understanding correctly, you painted the walls of the guesthouse Alabaster and the trim Oyster Bay. I’d love to see how that looks! It would definitely provide a huge contrast. I like Pure White on trim, with most shades, including Alabaster. You can keep the trim color the same throughout the house, but you can also change it if it’s a completely enclosed room (make the transition within the door frame). Pure White would go well with Rain as well. Love your color choices!

  81. I am painting my walls SW Alabaster in eggshell and the trim in semi gloss. I am stressing about the ceiling since in some rooms I do not have much lighting. I recall reading the the SW Ceiling White will go fine with the alabaster walls. Is this accurate?

    1. Hi Verna! Don’t stress too much about the ceiling! With the way that the light hit the ceiling, it always appears to be different even if it is painted the same color as the wall. Plus, they are typically painted in a flat which makes their appearance look different as well. I like SW Ceiling White, but if you’re concerned and want the most perfect shade, go with Alabaster in a flat for the ceiling. That will make sure all the undertones are exactly the same, but the surfaces will look different (walls, trim and ceiling) because of the way the light bounces off them. Hope this helps!

  82. Hi, I am trying to decide what white color to paint our kitchen cabinets. We currently have alabaster on our trim. and anew gray on our walls. We have earth colored stone on our island, beige colored flooring tile, and black granite countertops. Do you think we should stick to alabaster for the kitchen cabinet color? I don’t want the kitchen to look too creamy. Or should i paint the cabinets pure white? Thank you!

    1. Hi Beth! With those warmer tones you have, I think Alabaster is a better choice than Pure White. I LOVE Pure White, but I’m afraid it will come off as a hint too stark in your kitchen. Plus, I always prefer to have the trim be the brightest white in the space, so I wouldn’t suggest painting the cabinets a brighter white than the trim because it will just make the trim look dingy. Hope this help!

  83. Hi there!
    I am currently struggling with paint colors for my house! I’m leaning towards SW white duck for my walls throughout the house, and alabaster for trim work/doors and kitchen cabinets. Do you think the two colors will compliment each other well?
    I have darker brown tile flooring tHroughout the house and carpet in the bedrooms. Eventually we will put in wood floors.

    1. Hi Kailee! I think those will go nicely together. White Duck is so pretty!

  84. How sweet of you to respond to all of these posts, and so thoughtfully, to boot 😊
    I hope this isn’t a repeat question, but all of my walls are Alabaster and we want white kitchen cabinets as well. Do we use Alabaster there too, or would recommend a different white? Our trim is extra white, which I don’t always love, but won’t be changing it anytime soon

    1. Hi Tiffany! Thank you – you’re so kind! I would recommend going with Alabaster, but using a semi-gloss sheen. Even though its the same color as the walls, it’ll look slightly different since more light will bounce off of them, but the undertones will match perfectly. This will give the kitchen a really seamless look. Hope your kitchen turns out well!

  85. Hi Lauren! I am wondering if you can advise me on paint for my open concept very modern new home. The kitchen counters and island will be White Zen quartz, which is very white. The backsplash is a true grey tile. The island is black but the cabinets will be white. I was going have them painted pure white along with all the trim in the house. For the walls I was thinking of alabaster. I don’t have a sample of the quartz to put next to the color samples. What do you think about my choices to go with the white zen counters? You have a wealth of awesome knowledge!! Thanks you!

    1. Hi Kayleen! I am not sure if Alabaster will be the right choice for your walls. I’m afraid that it will look yellowy next to your countertops, and won’t have that modern look you want. I would recommend a brighter white like Pure White in an eggshell on the walls, and then Pure White again in a semi-gloss on the cabinets and trim. Thanks for reading and commmenting Kayleen!

  86. You are so kind in your responses and I would love your honest opinion. My trim has just been painted SW pure white. It’s brighter than expected. I do love the crispness, but it scares me for my new kitchen cabinets. Am I making a huge, costly mistake by painting cabinets a different white than my trim. I chose alabaster and now I’m a wreck thinking pure white was the logical choice. The space is small, the counters are Andino and walls are set to be aesthetic white.
    Appreciate you.

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you for commenting! I have a few questions for you back :). Is your trim only on your baseboard and around doors, or is there also crown moulding? If there isn’t trim too terribly close to the cabinets, I don’t think you’ll notice them clashing or anything like that. Second, what sheen are you painting the cabinets? Alabaster in a semi-gloss is going to look brighter than Alabaster in a matte or eggshell finish, because it will reflect back more light. So if you’re painting the cabinets a higher gloss, I think that it will, again, help the two colors go together. My guess is that once you are done with the painting, you’ll look back and think, “Why was I so worried?” It should look fine together if nothing is right up against each other!

  87. Hi…thank you for taking the time to answer questions. Looking for paint colours for walls, built-in bookcase and fireplace mantel. Our flooring is off-white carpet. I’m looking at High Reflective White for baseboard and window trim and Alabaster for the built-in and mantel. This room is below ground with two windows at ground level so not a lot of natural light. We are removing 1970s brown paneling and would like the walls to contrast with the trim but still stay light enough to brighten up this dark room staying with earth tones as opposed to greys. Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Linda! You can definitely paint them different shades of white if you really want to, but since they’re basically all accents of the same room, I would suggest painting them all the same color. So do everything in either HRW or in Alabaster instead of differentiating. If you do the trim in HRW and built-in in Alabaster, the built-in will just end up looking sort of dingy. I have a post on beige and tan colors, if you’re looking for a wall paint color that is light but earthy. If you do go with a beige, I would probably pick Alabaster for the trim, mantle and built in. It’ll be lovely!

  88. Hi! You are incredibly generous with your time responding to all of these questions. Thank you in advance! I have read through the comments trying to avoid a repeat. We are building a new home and unfortunately it’s in another state so I can’t check out natural lighting. I am trying to stay neutral and figure I can make changes to the wall color after we move in for the rooms that don’t work out. I want a warm, comfortable yet elegant look. I have spent HOURS/DAYS obsessing and agonizing over paint color (SW Pearly White vs. Shoji vs Alabaster, same color for trim, different color for trim, on and on and on…). I think I have settled on SW Alabaster for walls, SW Pure White for Trim, Doors and Moulding (which are very substantial – large window casements, crown, tall baseboards, etc..). We also will have white kitchen cabinets, Gauntlet Gray island (marble like quartz & white subway tile), Gauntlet Gray fireplace (mantel to ceiling) & Gauntlet Gray built in. Floors are a medium brown wood with hint of a gray wash. Two questions 1) I have seen Alabaster walls with Alabaster trim, but not with Pure White trim. Does the Pure White trim make the Alabaster walls look a little yellow or is it just enough difference to give the trim some definition? 2) Should the ceiling be the same as the trim (crown) or the wall color? Thanks again!

    1. Hi Deanna! Thanks for your kind words – I’m so happy that people ask questions and comment, so I am always happy to reply! Everything sounds gorgeous. If I can make one suggestion (in case you haven’t done this yet), make sure to check the floors with Gauntlet Gray. The gray in the floors or the gray in the paint color may make the other’s undertones come out in a way you don’t want, so just compare them together to make sure the work! So to answer question 1 – Alabaster does look a tad it yellow with Pure White trim. It does add some definition, but it will yellow it a little bit. If you want the colors to match perfectly, and no yellow hint, then consider painting the trim in Alabaster as well. If the trim is a semi-gloss and the walls are an eggshell, the trim will look a lot brighter than the walls even though they’re the same color. This has to do with how the light reflects off of a glossy paint more than a non-glossy one. So you have that option. I will try to snap a picture of Alabaster paint with Pure White trim for you tomorrow and add it to post above for you (I can’t add pictures to comments). For question 2 – If you have crown, I would do the ceiling in the same color as the crown. Ceilings always reflect less light (they’re typically painted in a flat finish) and look a bit darker, so painting them a bright white is always good. Hope this helps!

      1. Thank you SO much! We are good to go with the gauntlet gray and flooring. I think I am going with alabaster walls and alabaster trim and will let the difference in finish do the work. I appreciate your feedback tremendously!

        1. That sounds great Deanna! Enjoy your new space!

  89. I am so impressed with your detailed response to each question! Thank you, I’ve learned so much from your responses. Question: In our south facing dining room we have gone with SW Kilim Beige but lightened by 50%; so it is a very light tan/beige color on the upper portion of the wall. On the lower portion of the walls, along with decorative trim and moldings, we are trying to decide between Alabaster and Greek Villa. We recently painted our kitchen cabinets Greek Villa and really like the color, but don’t know if it will be too white … at the same time, we don’t want the Alabaster to read grey in anyway. Would love your thoughts/advice, including any alternatives?!?

    1. Hi Betsy! Thanks so much for reading my page and for your sweet comment! Between Alabaster and Greek Villa, I would go with Greek Villa. I think that the undertones will look nicer with the Kilim Beige than Alabaster’s will. Alabaster will just look a little blah next to it due to the gray. While the Greek Villa is really bright on your cabinets, it won’t look quite as bright on your walls if you use an eggshell finish (I’m assuming the cabinets are a semi-gloss). So my recommendation would be to do the Greek Villa in an eggshell on your walls, and in a semigloss on your trim and moldings. If you want just a lighter tan, you could also lighten the Kilim Beige even more (say, to 75%) for a little bit of contrast. Pairing a different beige with it will be a little tricky, and may change how the color looks on the wall (those tricky undertones!).

      1. We did exactly as you suggested, Lauren, and we are delighted with the outcome!! 😊 Thank you so much for your speedy response and your truly professional advice! Blessings!

        1. Betsy, I’m so happy to hear this! Thank you for coming back to comment on your results! Blessing to you as well, and enjoy your refreshed space!

  90. I am thinking about painting our house using SW Alabaster and Pure White for the trim. If I am going for a white kitchen, what do you suggest for our kitchen cabinets with Alabaster walls?

    1. Hi Cammy! I’d suggest painting them in Alabaster in a semi-gloss. If your walls are an eggshell finish, and your cabinets are in a semi-gloss, the cabinets will appear brighter, but the shade will be just perfect.

  91. Hi there! I am painting a large high ceiling master bedroom that has a skylight. I am using SW Naval blue as an accent color on the brick fireplace. I’m looking for a white wall color and trim color that will make a striking contrast with the Naval. Floor is bamboo and furniture is on the dark wood side. I used Agreeable Grey but it looks darker than I wanted and I’m afraid I’ll hate it if I leave it. Thanks for any help you can give!

    1. Hi Anita! For a white wall and trim color, I love Pure White. It will give you a great contrast with Naval, and will look bright and crisp. Do the wall in a satin, and the trim in a semi-gloss, and it’ll look amazing with the Naval accent wall!

  92. Wow, I love reading all the questions and responses! I tried to see if anyone had the same question as mine so I wouldn’t be redundant, but alas, I didn’t find one. We are building a house, and already picked SW Extra White for the kitchen cabinets. We just had the walls painted SW On The Rocks, and….EEK! All of our north facing rooms and walls are lavender! So, we’re re-painting in 2 days. Because the kitchen cabinets are Extra White, I’d like the trim and crown to match. What would you recommend for the walls? Alabaster, Greek Villa, ….? TIA 🙂

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear this Anissa! If you’re looking for a white color to go with Extra White trim, maybe consider Snowbound. It is similar in depth and LRV to Greek Villa and Alabaster, but cooler. It sounds like maybe you prefer cool colors, based on the colors you mentioned.

  93. You are amazing to answer as many questions as you have answered. I am looking for a muted blue maybe even a blue gray of some kind that would look amazing with alabaster. We painted the exterior brick of our home in alabaster. I’m looking for the perfect blue for my shutters and door. Kind of going for the cottage vibe.

    1. Hi Tiffany! You’re sweet to say that! One thing to consider when painting the trim and shutters a blue. There is a lot of natural light outside (that probably goes without saying), and this may make the blue you choose look even more muted. With that in mind, take a look at Billowy Breeze, for a blue with a little more blue in it. For a grayer blue, check out Lullaby.

  94. I love your design ideas! I am currently looking for a color to paint the walls in my kitchen, and was between Alabaster and Dover White. However, after I got the samples home I realized that both of those colors were beautiful, but barely contrast at all with the trim (which is off white). The rest of the living room is a soft beige and does contrast nicely with the trim, but really wanted to do something lighter and brighter in the kitchen. Help! (cabinets are darker cream and light wood mix) Do I just go for it and not worry about the trim standing out?

    1. Hi Julie! Thank you, and thank you for reading! Painting the trim and the walls the same color is actually pretty common when the walls are painted “white.” In fact, it is a really good way to do white walls, because having the trim and walls the same color reduce the chance that you’re going to end up with two white paint colors that don’t go well together. But, if you are going to paint the walls the same color as the trim (or very close, if you don’t remember what the trim color is), differentiating the surfaces by sheen is a great way to provide a little bit of contrast. So paint the trim in semi-gloss and the walls in satin. Hope this helps!

  95. Thanks for your reply! I tested out Snowbound a couple days ago and loved it! However my husband wants a bit more contrast so we’re going with SW Drift of Mist. 🙂

  96. Hi Lauren, I love your blog and have found many helpful tips and ideas on color. First, let me start by letting you know that I have a color defect (colorblind) so I don’t see color the same as everyone else. Yes, a colorblind female is pretty rare. As a female, this makes decorating and remodeling a beyond stressful situation. I want/need to update the paint color of the exterior of our house. It is a taupe/beige/gray color ? painted brick right now with a light color trim. I love all the white houses I see but have no idea which white color to pick. I have a dark brown stained wood front door and black iron railing leading to the door. Our house is very shaded with trees all around the front of the house. I don’t want too white but also don’t want a yellow or gray color either. I really like SW Alabaster on other houses I’ve seen. We have a deck off the back of the house that is painted SW Mountain Ash. Can you give me your thoughts for Alabaster on painted brick and what trim color you would use, if any? Also, what color for the iron railing? I really appreciate your thoughts and suggestions! Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Kim! Thanks so much for reading and for sharing a bit of your story! Alabaster is a really nice color on an exterior – not to yellow and not grayish. It looks white but not stark, warm but not quite creamy. For trim, you could go for a monochromatic look an do everything in Alabaster, or accent it with a color like Iron Ore or Tricorn Black. You could definitely leave the iron railing as is, black looks great with Alabaster. Or, paint it to match whatever you paint the trim. Good luck with your choices!

  97. Hi Lauren,
    Stressing about paint and came across your website. Hoping you can help!! We are painting our halls, living, dining and kitchen areas which all flow into each other. For our kitchen we currently have a granite similar to typhoon Bordeaux but with colors more like Venetian gold. Also have very creamy subway tile back splash. My original plan was to paint the cabinets in Alabaster 150% in satin, walls in eggshell, trim, doors, fireplace and built ins in alabaster 100% in semi gloss and ceiling in flat. I don’t want any areas to have a grey undertone and am looking for a creamy white that does not look to yellow or pink. Do you think this idea should work or should we look at other suggestions? Stay with alabaster 150% on cabinets and walls as planned but change trim, doors, fireplace and built ins to Pure white semi gloss? Use Greek Villa for all instead of Alabster etc? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    1. Hi Jessica! Since you’re considering painting everything in Alabaster at varying percentages, you should go ahead and pick up a sample (either of real paint at SW or a Samplize square like is mentioned in the post above). You never know how a paint is going to look in your home until you see it in your light, and since you’re painting all the surfaces, you want to be really sure. I have Alabaster in my kitchen and bathrooms, and it doesn’t look gray in either, but looks slightly yellow on one of the walls in my bathroom. It all depends on lighting and what else is in the room. So, just to be sure, pick up a sample :). If you go with Alabaster in 150% on the cabinets and walls, I would do the trim in Alabaster (at the normal percentage). Greek Villa is a gorgeous color as well, but has a bit more beige in it (so may show as more yellow). Try these two out in your home to see which one will best! Good luck!

  98. Hi Lauren, thanks so much for this information which is so helpful for us choosing white colors! Sorry for this long question. We are down to the wire with finalizing colors for our new build. I want a bright casual home for our dreary PNW weather. For some background, our home faces northwest with lots of windows. My dilemma is picking colors to go with the white cabinet color called Frosty from the cabinet maker. It reads pretty white. I have chosen a white marble-like quartz for the charcoal wood stained island, and white perimeter cabinets with a steel gray granite. But I don’t want the home to be too icy white. Do you think SW Alabaster would work for the trim and interior doors? And for some built ins to be placed over the Frosty drawers in our master from the cabinet company? When I place the color sample together they are very close to the same color in my eye. I read earlier in this blog that Shoji would be a good contrast for walls. Would that be a warm feeling color that I am looking for? Agreeable gray seems to dark for me. Maybe try it at 50%? Might you have additional choices? I’m having a hard time putting this all together. I like your suggestion of Passive for our master. Any thoughts I would really appreciate!

    1. Hi Janet! Thanks so much for reading! Unfortunately, it is really hard to know what white will work with your cabinets and quarts, because it all comes down to the undertones! I have cream colored cabinets (that look white, until you put them next to white marble… which makes their pink undertone shine through – eek!). If I were were you, I would pick up some peel and stick squares of Alabaster and Pure White to see which goes better with your quartz and cabinet color. The tiny chips from Sherwin Williams are good, but it really helps to see something larger with the color on it, which is why I think a Samplize square is better in this case (there is a link above). I’m afraid that even though the color looks the same on the tiny chip, once you have something as large as a built in placed over the Frosty drawers, the Alabaster built in will look dingy compared to the drawers. Shoji is a warm color that may work for the walls, or White Dove (by Benjamin Moore). Last, consider Edgecomb Gray or Pale Oak. They’re gorgeous, pale greige colors that are warm. They have more depth than White Dove or Shoji, which makes them show up nicely against white trim. Hope this helps!

  99. Thanks for your reply! I think I have decided it’s best to do a color match for the cabinets to do the trim and interior doors and built ins. Then work to determine which color will work on the walls to bring some warmth and try to avoid that cold feeling I don’t want. I have used Samplize- great product. And plan to now again. I have painted a board with the color matched cabinet color to place around the house and it looks ok at this point…no electrical yet. Today I’m told I need to choose interior colors by next week. Do you think Edgecomb Gray will give me that warmer feeling and still work well with the black hardware and lighting? Would you recommend it reduced? I have not seen Pale Oak..will need to get a card of it. What are your thoughts on Classic Gray? And what would you recommend for the ceiling if I go with EG? Do you think I could use CG on ceiling if I used it on walls? You have been most gracious with your time! Thank you!

  100. Hi Lauren! You have such an amazing blog! I have read hundreds of these replies and now I really don’t know what to do! I am hoping you can help me! I am doing a big remodel and will be doing the floors in Coretec Suva Oak. I have two staircases I am restaining and repainting (spindles in some type of white). My trim currently is close to Alabaster so I am thinking I should do the spindles in Alabaster? Should I also do the kitchen cabinets in Alabaster? I would love a whitish kitchen and want to do the countertops in quartz? Do you have any good recommendations for the main color of the walls? Should I do them in a light grayish/beigish or do another white color? This remodel might put me over the edge LOL. My main floor all connects with the family room and living room and the two staircases (two story ceilings in both so it will be a painful paint job for me to do on my own). I don’t want to be too trendy so I can have this for a good amount of time but I want it to be beautiful and stylish too. I do love the farmhouse-type look though! Any advise would be sooooo appreciated. You are the best!

    1. Hi Melanie! Thanks for your kind words! Remodels can be hard to visualize how it all will come together, for sure! You’re picking some great choices though. I love the floor you chose. If you have Alabaster in your home already, I would stick with that. Spindles and cabinets in Alabaster will look very pretty. My only suggestion is to make sure the Alabaster paint will go with the specific quartz you pick. Sometimes, quartz can have a real cool white hue, and doesn’t go great with a warm paint color. So just make sure to check them together before you paint the cabinets. For a main color for the walls, it is going to completely depend on the color scheme you want. I love the all white look, but it doesn’t necessarily work in every home. Homes with a lot of moulding, tall ceilings, or other impressive features make white walls look gorgeous. In smaller, less “fancy” rooms though, white walls can tend to look like an unfinished apartment space (I hope that makes sense!). For a white paint color, consider doing the walls in Alabaster in a satin, and the trim and cabinets in a semi-gloss. This will still make the areas look different based on how the light reflects back, but will ensure that everything goes together perfectly. For a light grayish/beige, I love Edgecomb Gray or Pale Oak. In my opinion, these colors are great picks for when you want that white look, but the space itself can’t really pull it off. I have Edgecomb Gray in my dining room, and it looks light and beautiful. Last, if you don’t want to be too trendy, I would go with the light grayish beige. Whites are definitely having their moment right now, but I anticipate that people will tire of their all white walls and will switch to a color soon. A light grayish/beige will give the room a classic look, and you can updated it with your accessories as you get bored with certain colors. I love farmhouse too, and these colors lend themselves to that look, but also to many other traditional types of design styles. Last, painting a staircase yourself isn’t always fun, but it is definitely doable! I wish I could help you! Good luck with your remodel!!

  101. Hi Lauren!
    This is such a great post. I have been torn on wall colors and I’m hoping you can help. We are in the process of building and want a white kitchen. The only problem is our builder only offers SW extra white cabinetry. I love the look of Alabaster on the walls and was hoping to paint all my main areas with Alabaster with accessible beige trim. I was looking at swatches and saw SW snowbound might be a better match? But I can’t get the Alabaster/Accessible beige combo out of my mind. Do you have any ideas for a wall color that would good with extra white cabinets? I will likemy use gold knobs and our house is north facing. I would appreciate any help. Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Charleen! Thanks so much for reading! So I understand your dilemma, and you’re right, Snowbound is a better match for Extra White than Alabaster is. But I still think you can pull all this together. The Extra White cabinetry is going to be very white looking, but since it is a different surface and sheen than the walls will be, I think you’ll be able to get the look you want and still go with the Alabaster walls and Accessible Beige trim. This pin ( shows Extra White trim with Alabaster walls, and it works. Plus, since your house is north facing, I think that Alabaster will warm the space up a lot more than Snowbound will. Hope this helps!

  102. Lauren,
    I have Alabaster walls in LR/DR and Foyer. Baseboard and window trim is Pure White. I also need it to go with BM Smoke Embers in my Great Room. What color should I go with for the ceiling?

    1. Hi Debbie! Go with Alabaster in a flat sheet. I actually also really like Sherwin Williams ceiling white (just the normal stuff, untinted) because its a good, bright white that isn’t too cool. Since you already have Alabaster on the walls though, it will work great to have it on the ceiling as well. Happy painting!

  103. Hi!
    Do you think concreto honed quartz countertops, which is a gray, would go with alabaster cabinets?
    Thank you! TC

    1. Hi Tammi! I really can’t say for sure, without seeing them together. But, I googled concreto honed quartz and it looks like it is a gray color. Because of this, I don’t think it’ll clash with Alabaster. The best way to make sure though is to get a sample (or a Samplize square from above) and compare them with eachother. Good luck!

  104. Hi Lauren,
    I have a mountain home in Colorado. My ceilings and floors are wood. Because there is a lot of wood I don’t want a dark color. I want a light color that compliments all the wood. Please give me some suggestions.
    I have hired over time decorators & Iam not sold on any of their paint suggestions.
    My home faces north. Back of the home south with floor to ceiling windows.
    Please help.

  105. Hi Lauren, thank you so much for your generosity and knowledge! Painting exterior of Mediterranean style home with terra cotta tile roof and red/brown mix colored pavers in driveway. Front of home is South facing (portion is East), back of home is Northwest. Debating between Alabaster and Greek Villa for body of house. Accent color is Black Magic for Exterior Fascia & Soffit, horizontal gutters, Shutters, Garage Door, Pergola, (still debating on vertical drain pipes). Lots of natural sunlight in front. Front of home also has natural stone pillar going around front porch. Lots of greenery and landscape in front and back. Which color would you recommend between Alabaster and Greek Villa? Trying to avoid the white paint color I choose picking up the red undertones and want it to remain white. I don’t want it look yellow either but still be warm enough for the roof. I did like Pure White but too much contrast with window frame that it would be up against. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Tina! Thanks so much for your comment! I don’t think that either Alabaster or Greek Villa will pick more red than the other. Greek Villa has more yellow in it and Alabaster has more gray. So between them, Alabaster will probably be better. It will look nice with all the sunlight and will contrast nicely with Black Magic!

  106. Hi Lauren !

    I love reading all your responses and fine them very helpful. Thankyou to share your valuable knowledge…it’s greatly appreciated!
    I have been overwhelmed with choosing the best paint colour that will suit my newly renovated master bedroom. Please help!:)
    It is a small space approx 12’x13′ and does not receive a lot of natural sunlight. Has just one decent size window but unfortunately not getting a lot of sunlight til later afternoon there can be a little when the sun is actually shining…otherwise it’s pretty dull. Theres wood floor that’s a light to medium brown. The furniturings and bedding are all neutral Colors…whites,creams,grays.
    We intend it to have a French chic farmhouse style look. We added wood planks on the head board wall and ceiling and will paint it. Plus the ceiling also has wood beams. I want to have it warm and cozy. I would like to go with just one paint colour for the all walls including the shiplap wall and the ceiling as well as trim,just in the different sheens…flat for ceiling, eggshell for walls and satin for trims. The colour I am considering is Sherwin Williams Alasbaster. Though I am terrified of choosing the wrong colour since the room has little natural light I don’t want it to appear dull nor stark. I want a soft warmth inviting feel to the space. I want the walls and ceiling to look white but a soft tone to it.
    Please advise me of what you think!
    Is Alabaster the wise good best choice for that space? Or do you suggest another colour?
    Other Colors suggested to me was Pure white and Benjamin moores Chantely Lace.
    I do not want the room to appear cold,stark,no bluish,greenish nor yellowish tones.
    Just a natural neutral soft warm tone.

    I greatly appreciate your immediate reply as I have my contractor returning tomorrow to continue the project and suppose to start the painting.
    Thankyou so much!


    1. Hi Donnabelle! I think Alabaster will be a good choice for your room. It shouldn’t appear stark at all, and I think it’ll give the space that soft warmth you want. Pure White is much crisper, so I don’t think that is the right choice for you. If you want a warm white without that isn’t cold, stark bluish, greenish or yellowish, Alabaster a good bet :). Hope I got this response back to you before the contractor came!

  107. Hi Lauren! Thank you for all of the wonderful advice about Sherwin-Williams Alabaster! We are updating our 1975 brick ranch and went with Alabaster in the entryway, hallways, dining room and my husband’s den (the former living room). We have beautiful poplar doors and trim with a medium stain that we will be keeping. We will be putting in luxury vinyl plank flooring that blends with the trim. I recently purchased all new switch plates and outlet covers in light almond. This morning I went to put the covers back on and realized that all of the sockets are in the almond color and clash with the light almond switch plate covers. So, now I am debating whether to have all of the outlets and light switches switched over to either white or light almond so that everything matches. Which of the two colors (white or light almond) would look best with the alabaster walls?

    1. Hi Karen! Thanks for your comment! Your home sounds lovely! For the light switch and outlet covers, I always like white. I think it looks bright and updated. Instead of having someone replace all the outlets, check out this post on faceplate covers that cover the whole outlet. They look really nice (I have them throughout my house), and they just screw into the top of the outlet. It is a lot cheaper than hiring an electrician, and even cheaper than replacing the actual outlet too. They make light switch covers as well, but I don’t like how they look quite as much. Take a look and see what you think!

      1. Oh wow, Lauren, those faceplate covers are really a game changer! They really look amazing and will definitely save on both time and money! Thank you so much for the excellent tip. Now to gather up all my unopened light almond packages, grab my receipt and head to Menards to exchange them LOL. Thank you very much for your wonderful advice! 😃

  108. Hi Lauren. I recently had my dark kitchen cabinets painted Alabaster and I don’t like it at all! I am so disappointed. It has a yellowish green hue to it. We have black countertops dark wood floors and the walls were already wordly gray. Is there any color I can paint the walls to help tone down the yellow. My dream kitchen is not the dream and hubby is not happy. Lol

    1. Hi Heather! Oh no! Before you paint anything, have you tried putting different light bulbs in? The temperature of the light you have in the kitchen can make a big difference in the way the paint looks. I have Worldly Gray in my hallway and it pulls very purple due to the lighting. Try a light bulb with a cooler temperature (leans more blue, but not a very blue one… they’re just too harsh). If that doesn’t work, consider painting the walls something like Repose Gray. Good luck! I hope that all you have to do is change your light bulbs and you have your dream kitchen (and hubby is happy).

  109. Hi! Thank you so much for this wonderful blog post. I am struggling with colors for my south facing open kitchen/living area and cabinets. The rooms are located in the back of my house and don’t get a lot of light, so I need to lighten the room up.

    For kitchen, I have granite countertops that have tones of brown/beige. I am considering going with Alabaster for the cabinets and Shoji white for walls. I have Shoji in other rooms of my house and I love the brightness of the color. Is this a combo that can work? Any other recommendations for better combos? Thank you so much for your help!

    1. Hi Kim! Alabaster and Shoji can definitely work together, and it’d be a great choice since you already have it throughout your house! I would suggest painting a bit of Shoji on the wall (if you have some extra lying around) to make sure that it doesn’t look too dark since you don’t have a lot of natural light. It is amazing how even a white can fail to brighten a room if it doesn’t have good lighting (speaking from personal experience!). If it seems pretty dark still, maybe consider painting the walls Alabaster and the cabinets Alabaster in a higher sheen. Hope this helps!

  110. My cabinets are alabaster with Uba tuba granite, it looks black more than green. I have very high ceilings in the kitchen and great room 16’. I am going to have the trim painted alabaster. I can’t decide on two paint colors for the walls. Both will work with my decor. My windows are mainly north but have windows that face East and south. SW Wordly Gray or Anew Gray, which one would you choose?

  111. I am painting a fairly good sized bedroom Alabaster. There are two big windows, one faces East and the other North so it is pretty bright. It has a tray ceiling with about 16 inches of sheet rock vertically and about 12 inches underneath. What would be a nice subtle contrast for the tray portion of the ceiling? I want a little contrast. Thank you!

    1. Hi Carol! Check out Incredible White or Egret White for a complimentary shade that will give a bit of contrast to Alabaster! Happy painting!

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