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Sherwin Williams Alabaster Paint Color Review

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

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

Alabaster’s Popularity

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

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

Is white in style for home decor right now?

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

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

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

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

Sherwin Williams Alabaster Undertones

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

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

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

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

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Alabaster Vs. Extra White

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

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

Alabaster Vs. Greek Villa

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

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

So, is SW Alabaster a warm or cool color?

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

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

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

Where should I use Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster?

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

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

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

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

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

Alabaster Walls with Pure White Trim

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

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

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

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

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

Sherwin Williams Pure White Door and Trim

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

Final Thoughts on Alabaster Paint Color

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

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

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Getting Started With Painting

Looking to hire a professional to do the job? You can be connected with a painting professional in your area by clicking here!

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

Planning to DIY the job? Make sure to get these paintbrushes at an AMAZING PRICE! Oh, and don’t forget to get this for those high places!

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

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Krista Thompson

Sunday 11th of April 2021

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


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

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


Wednesday 24th of March 2021

I'm going to use Taj Mahal quartzite countertops which has white, creams and beiges. What white would you recommend for the cabinets. I have been considering Alabaster but I never want the cabinets to look yellow, ever. Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I will have a wood toned floor. Also, should the doors and trim be painted the same as the cabinets?


Sunday 28th of March 2021

Hi Dana! I don't think that the Alabaster will look yellow on your cabinets, but I think that you should pick up a Samplize square to make sure. View it in different areas of the room, and at different times so you can see how the light affects it. If you do choose Alabaster, you can certainly use it for the trim and doors, but you can also go with a brighter white such as Pure White. Good luck!


Monday 22nd of March 2021

Hi, I am considering Alabaster White for my exterior home with Mindful gray on the shutters..and a black door. My concern is, will Alabaster be too white? I want a very slight warmth to the color since I have rather ornate trim that will be the same as the house (Alabaster). Looking for a richer look to the house and trim but we like white. Hoping the Alabaster will have just enough warmth without being too creamy.. I'm a little freaked out because painters are coming in 2 days! We tried a sample of Pearly white but it looked pretty yellow/creamy.

Mary Frances


Sunday 28th of March 2021

Oh no, Mary Frances! I'm just seeing this comment now and I read that your painters are coming it two days! So sorry for my delay! Did you end up painting it Alabaster? Do you love it? Alabaster is a great warm white that doesn't look too yellow or creamy. I hope it all worked out!


Saturday 20th of March 2021

Great information, thank you so much!

We just painted our cabinets Alabaster Satin and absolutely love them! My dilemma now is wall color and trim color. The kitchen is adjacent to Accessible Beige in the family room. Do I stick with Alabaster again on the kitchen walls and Pure White trim? Are there other neutral colors that may pair well?

I am going for an open/airy feel in the kitchen I am thinking that the cabinets and wall may blend together if they are both Alabaster.

I’m stuck and would love your input, thank you!


Saturday 27th of March 2021

Hi LT! Thanks for your comment! You won't go wrong by painting the walls Alabaster, but you can also consider White Duck, Incredible White or Edgecomb Gray for an open airy feel. Good luck!

Lisa Peters

Friday 12th of March 2021

Thank you for the wonderful post on the color Alabaster. I am painting my north facing stucco house white and thinking about choosing Alabster or Snow Bound. My house already has a black trim that I plan to keep black.

I am installing wood veneer walnut color garage doors. I have a thin layer of wood trim around the garage doors. I am worried that the black trim will not showcase the new garage doors. I am thinking if I paint the trim the same color I paint the house the beautiful garage doors will stand out more. I would leave the trim everywhere else on house black. Is there a rule about painting trim?

Thank you for all your tips!


Saturday 13th of March 2021

Hi Lisa! Thanks for your kind comment! Snowbound is going to be a bit cooler on the home because it has more gray undertones and no yellow or beige ones. I have a full write up on Snowbound here if you're interested. Either will be pretty, just a matter whether you like more of a stark white paint color (Snowbound) or something that leans softer (Alabaster). For the garage trim, there is no hard and fast rule. Since the garage is completely its own thing (not like painting some windows black and some white), I think it'd be fine to paint that trim color a different one than the rest of the trim. The house is going to look really lovely when you're done! Good luck!