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Sherwin Williams Alabaster Paint Color Review

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

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

Alabaster’s Popularity

Sherwin Williams Alabaster color is one of the most popular 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. 

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

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

Sherwin Williams Alabaster Undertones

Alabaster Paint, Sherwin Williams

The undertones of Alabaster are subtle.  Alabaster doesn’t lean strongly towards any one color, and almost has a greige undertone. 

This means that it has both a beige and gray base, though it mostly just comes off as white.  

What is thought of as a true white typically has cool undertones, and can almost lean towards blue. 

If you look at Extra White or Pure White by Sherwin Williams, you will see that this cool, bluish white is what many would consider a real white.  

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

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 yellow. 

Both are warm colors, and both will look pretty white when painted on the wall.

But Alabaster looks a little more muted than Greek Villa.

Click here for a full color review on Greek Villa.

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

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

Though 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?

Sherwin Williams Alabaster Paint

Alabaster white is a perfect choice in many different settings. 

Because it is a solid white with just a hint of color, it can go anywhere that you want a clean, bright look.  

You can use 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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SW Alabaster paint color

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Debbie Sears

Monday 6th of September 2021

I am stuck on which White to paint our walls in our Florida coastal condo. Presently, we have Kilm Beige which is too dark. I want to brighten up the walls and go with either SW Alabaster or SW Creamy. Our doors and trim are SW Extra White. I appreciate your advice.

Thank You, Debbie

Lauren

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Hi Debbie! Sorry for my delay in responding! Both Alabaster and Creamy are beautiful! Alabaster is more of a classic, warm white - always in style - timeless. Creamy is more of a color. It is less of a white and more of a true off-white. It has some yellow undertones that will give a very creamy sort of look to the space (hence the name). I think that Creamy might look a little better with the Extra White trim actually. It will look like two distinct different shades, instead of like two white paint shades that aren't quite the same but are similar. Hope this helps!

Beth

Sunday 5th of September 2021

Hi! I am thinking about Alabaster for my interior walls. I have very dark brown hardwood floors. Will the floor color change the undertone of the Alabaster? Current beige wall color looks pink now hence the paint change. Appreciate any advice.

Lauren

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Hi Beth! The floor color won't change the undertone of a paint color per say, but it can make certain tones come out more. Alabaster shouldn't look pink at all, but it could look a bit warmer. The best way to tell is to sample it near the floor and see how it looks. Cover (even just by making a box with your hands by your eye) the beige around it, as this will make the Alabaster paint look different as well, and then see how it looks with the floor. Good luck!

Mariah

Thursday 12th of August 2021

Hi! Great article. I chose Alabaster White for my kitchen cabinets, trim, and doors. I am wondering if you have any suggestions for a good all over wall paint color that would pair well with Alabaster trim? I was leaning towards Crushed Ice by Sherwin Williams. I want to keep it light and airy!

Thank you!

Lauren

Monday 16th of August 2021

Hi Mariah! Crushed Ice will most likely be okay, I believe. But, it is more of a true gray. If you want something that will pair even better, consider Egret White, Edgecomb Gray, or White Duck. These colors have more similar undertones to Alabaster than Crushed Ice Does. Good luck!

Iris

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Hello I’ve decided on using alabaster white on interior walls. What paint color for front door would pair well if interior walls is alabaster and exterior paint is a dark navy? I am thinking of gray? Maybe sw silver strand, Dorian gray or magnetic gray. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!!!

Lauren

Sunday 15th of August 2021

Hi Iris! Sounds lovely! I think that any of the colors you chose would be nice! I would probably go with a color that is a good bit lighter than the dark navy, just to ensure that the front door stands out. Personally, I love Silver Strand and Magnetic Gray! Good luck@

Angela Adams

Saturday 17th of July 2021

Hi! I've read your reviews for both Alabaster and Snowbound and I can't decide which would be better for the trim on our red brick house. When we bought our house, it was in desperate need of fresh paint. It has good bones, but ugly, dated colors inside and out! We finished inside, and have moved to the outside. The trim is currently a very drab beige color that makes the whole house look dreary. The shutters are black, which I like, and I was thinking of doing a yellow front door to brighten up the entrance. I want a white trim that will pair nicely with the red brick, while making the black shutters and yellow front door pop. Would you suggest the Alabaster or the Snowbound? Thank you!

Angela Adams

Monday 19th of July 2021

@Lauren, Thank you! I bought samples today and I think we've decided on Alabster. I'm struggling to pick the best yellow for the front door. I got samples of HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams paint at Lowes in Outrigger and Energetic Gold and painted poster board with them to hold up to the door, but I am still not sure. I want a bright and cheery entrance, but I can't find just the right yellow. Any suggestions for a good Sherwin Williams yellow? While I bought sample colors at Lowes, I will purchase the paint directly from Sherwin Williams because the quality is better, in my opinion.

Lauren

Sunday 18th of July 2021

Hey Angela! Tough choice!! I would probably go with Alabaster. BUT, exterior house painting is expensive if you're paying someone else to do it. Before you commit to a color, I would definitely get two sample pots, and paint one half of the window frame in Alabaster and one half in Snowbound and see what you like! I don't think either will be wrong, but you need to see to be sure I think. Good luck!