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Sherwin Williams Alabaster Paint Color Review

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

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

Alabaster’s Popularity

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

It has been a best seller for many years, and was actually named by Sherwin Williams as their Color of the Year in 2016. 

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

Is white in style for home decor right now?

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

In fact, white walls are trending right now on Pinterest in a big way. 

While gray walls ruled for a long time, white walls are becoming the color of choice for homes 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.  Timeless colors that are popular are more classic in their appeal. 

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

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

Sherwin Williams Alabaster 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.  

Alabaster Compared

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

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

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Alabaster Vs. Extra White

Alabaster vs. Extra White

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

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

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

Click here for more information about Extra White.

Alabaster Vs. Greek Villa

Alabaster vs. Greek Villa

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

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

But Alabaster looks a little more muted than Greek Villa.

Click here for a full color review on Greek Villa.

Alabaster vs. Swiss Coffee

Alabaster vs. Swiss Coffee

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

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

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

Click here for more information about Swiss Coffee.

Alabaster vs. White Dove

Alabaster vs. White Dove

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information about White Dove.

Alabaster vs. Snowbound

Alabaster vs. Snowbound

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information about Snowbound.

Alabaster vs. Dover White

Alabaster vs. Dover White

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information about Dover White.

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

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

Though the greige undertones make it very versatile, it is not as stark as many of Sherwin Williams’ cooler whites.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Complimentary Colors for Alabaster Paint

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

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

Trim Colors for Alabaster

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

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

First, you can paint your walls and your trim the same white, and differentiate them by sheen.

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

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

Alabaster Walls with Pure White Trim

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

For example, you can paint your walls Alabaster and your trim Pure White.

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

Sherwin Williams Pure White Door and Trim

As you can see, the walls have that creamy white color, while trim and door look slightly brighter and more crisp.

There is not a huge difference in how they look.

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

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.  

Wondering how to pick the perfect paint color?

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These eco-friendly, peel and stick squares are made from real paint, so they will show you exactly what the paint color will look like.

Simply place them on your walls next to your trim, furnishings or fixed elements, and easily see whether the colors works in your space and with your lighting. Then, peel the square right off your wall and reapply it somewhere else if you like!

Samplize square on wall

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Samplize squares are truly the easiest (and fastest!) way to test a paint color in your home.

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SW Alabaster paint color

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marilyn

Monday 7th of March 2022

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

Annisa

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

Hi! I'm hoping you can help me! I am hoping to paint the interior of my house in SW Alabaster. However, my newly remodeled kitchen has a wall/trim that's painted in BM Simply white. Do I continue simply white trim with alabaster or what would be a nice trim color that would compliment both? Also, is alabaster a good paint color for attic rooms with no natural light?

Lauren

Thursday 10th of February 2022

Hi Annisa! Yes, you can continue with Simply White with the Alabaster. They both have warm undertones and they should look nice together. I think Alabaster would be a great choice in your attic as well!

Terri

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Hi Lauren! I hope you're doing well. I just stumbled upon your blog after a leak forced an unplanned partial remodel in a half bath and north facing kitchen. It's been incredibly stressful, to say the least, but the information on your website has been so helpful, and I'm so grateful for the time you have taken to provide it. Thank you! I am swimming in colors and feel like I'm going in circles, and would greatly appreciate your help/opinion, if you have time. We currently have dated Honey oak cabinets, medium wood flooring, and dated desert brown granite countertops in our north facing kitchen. We would like to update/brighten/lighten the kitchen up with lighter flooring, walls, and cabinets, while also keeping it warm, as we are stuck with the dated countertops for the foreseeable future due to expense. We are doing a lighter brown oak flooring and plan to paint the cabinets "white." I know we need a warm white for the cabinets and I think I've comfortably settled on Alabaster - my first question is whether you think that will look okay with the countertops? Second, if we go with Alabaster cabinets, should we also paint the ceiling and trim in Alabaster (in different sheens), or is that too much Alabaster and maybe we need to paint the ceiling a different warm white? Which then leads to the wall color. Again, it's a north facing kitchen and I don't want overly dark walls - I currently have samples for white duck, pale oak, classic grey, edgecomb gray, canvas tan, agreeable gray, and accessible beige. Are there any of these you would eliminate based on them not working well with Alabaster trim/cabinets? For the 1/2 bath (no natural light), it has a small creamy light tan countertop with medium wood cabinet. I was thinking of painting the wall canvas tan with Alabaster wainscotting - do you think that will look okay? I'm so sorry for the lengthy comment/questions but am totally out of my element, and since this was all unplanned, feel totally unprepared for such costly and time-sensitive decisions. I would reach out to your community on your Facebook page but, believe it or not, I am not on any kind of social media, as I work in law enforcement. Again, thank you so much for any help/insight you can offer! Best wishes.

Lauren

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Hi Terri! So sorry for the wait time on my response! First, yes, Alabaster should go well with your countertops. For the wall color, I probably wouldn't go with Classic Gray, as it doesn't show much of a contrast and you run the risk of it clashing. Pale Oak isn't my favorite with Alabaster either, but I don't think it will be awful. Other than that, White Duck, Edgecomb Gray, Canvas Tan, Agreeable Gray and Accessible Beige should be okay. I think that Agreeable Gray, White Duck and Edgecomb Gray may be a good choice with your countertops. If you go too beige, I'm afraid it'll date the room. So may be better to lean into the gray a bit more in that space. And for the bathroom, Canvas Tan with Alabaster wainscotting should be nice. Good luck!

Erica

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

We are thinking about going with alabaster walls with pure white or extra white for the trim, cabinets and ceiling in our new house. Our center kitchen island will be either a grey or blue color and all counter tops are white with veining quartz. Should we use the two white colors or stick with alabaster color for everything changing the sheen? Also thinking about using the alabaster on the exterior with black shutters and gutters. Any advice on using these colors? Thanks

Lauren

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Hi Erica! Alabaster is great outside, so I think this will work well! You could look at Tricorn Black for the shutters and gutters. For the interior, I would check Alabaster against your quartz to make sure it works. Alabaster is warm, and quartz can lean warm or cool, so just be sure that it works before you paint. I would always go with Pure White for trim over Extra White. Extra White leans blue, and will look blue next to Alabaster walls. Pure White will just look white. So, if Alabaster works, you can go the softer route and have everything in Alabaster with varying sheens, or go with Pure White trim and Alabaster walls. Even better... consider High Reflective White with Alabaster walls if you want the trim to pop more. Lastly, I will say that Alabaster trim won't necessarily go if you plan to repaint in the future, and either Pure White or High Reflective White are safer trim shades.

Janice

Thursday 6th of January 2022

In my western exposure house, I get a little too much yellow from Alabaster. Snowbound gives me too much pink. BM White Dove is also pretty good, but I really want a SW color. I am painting my walls throughout the kitchen and common areas and want a clean look.

Lauren

Thursday 6th of January 2022

Hi Janice! Check out Pure White!