IS THIS THE SHADE OF WHITE YOU’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR?
Pure White, Extra White, Simply White, Alabaster – SO MANY WHITES TO CHOOSE FROM! But which one is BEST? Well, if you’ve been looking for a soft, warm white paint color, you’ve come to the right place, as today we’re getting up close and personal with Sherwin Williams Alabaster…
WHAT TYPE OF PAINT COLOR IS ALABASTER? IS IT WARM OR COOL?
Alabaster is a soft, WARM white with MORE undertone than some of the simpler, cleaner whites (i.e., SW High Reflective White). This warmth comes across as soft and creamy vs. abrasive and yellow, meaning it’s not even close to the three whites I would never paint my trim or cabinets.
If you have north-facing light, you’ll find that the warmth of Alabaster can be a nice balance to the cold light coming in your windows. If you have south-facing or afternoon western light, the warmth of Alabaster will increase slightly.
WHAT’S THE LRV OF ALABASTER? IS IT WHITE, OFF-WHITE, OR CREAM?
Alabaster has an LRV of 82. This number puts Alabaster in the white range, but it DEFINITELY isn’t one of the fresher, brighter ones, and EVEN starts winking at the off-white range.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save you paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
Alabaster with a gorgeous Evergreen Fog shiplap accent wall!
WHAT UNDERTONES DOES ALABASTER HAVE? WILL IT LOOK YELLOW?
Many people turn to Alabaster expecting a slightly warm white, but it’s a BIT more than that. Alabaster has a wink more warmth than its more passive cousin, Benjamin Moore White Dove, without being AS yellow (or as fresh/white) as Benjamin Moore Simply White.
If you have white appliances, Alabaster will look more yellow-cream in comparison (you do you, but it’s not a look many love). However, choose the right white subway tile, and Alabaster is the perfect soft partner, as shown in this next bathroom…
This warmth can be a great choice if you have a north-facing room, but it will ONLY get warmer looking if you have intense southern or afternoon western light. Because of this, sample it carefully in your space before you start slappin’ paint on the walls.
Check out this next kitchen, with Alabaster trim and Sherwin Williams Creamy walls…
Now, check it out with Alabaster on the cabinets…
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Before, this living room was dull looking with tan/greige walls…
And after, it’s light, bright, and welcoming with Alabaster!
My client is the LOVELY Jenna Christian
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WHAT WHITE TRIM OR CABINET COLOR GOES WITH ALABASTER WALLS?
If you’re painting your trim and cabinets a white paint color and have fallen for Alabaster, I would do them the SAME white; otherwise, a different white could have Alabaster looking more yellow, just in comparison. Depending on the white, Alabaster could even look dingy or COOLER than your trim!
In this next photo, Alabaster looks good with the white trim (similar to Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace). However, because the trim is WHITER, it makes Alabaster look that bit warmer ‘in comparison’…
If you want white walls and are using Alabaster on the cabinets, I HIGHLY recommend using Alabaster on the walls as well and just letting the change in SHEEN do the work for you.
However, if you’re doing white walls and trim, it depends on what you plan on doing…
- ALABASTER WALLS: Alabaster trim, although you can check out a brighter but still warm white for the trim if you want a layered look. This works because the trim will be the LIGHTER of the two.
- ALABASTER TRIM: I would do Alabaster walls as there isn’t another white that will partner well with Alabaster for this layout.
Alabaster is as dark as white gets before it’s not white anymore. This means that if you put a DIFFERENT white on the walls, it will inevitably be lighter than Alabaster, meaning your trim is darker than your walls – and this rarely…rarely looks good.
IS ALABASTER A POPULAR WHITE COLOR FOR EXTERIORS?
HECK YES! I mean, I’m not going to tell you it’s the BEST white, as there’s a LOT that goes into picking the best paint color, but it’s definitely worth checking out if you want a white exterior.
I mean, need I say more?
Alabaster also looks great on exterior trim. Just keep in mind that if you have white windows, it could look more creamy/yellow in comparison…
WHAT PAINT COLORS ARE THE SAME AS OR SIMILAR TO ALABASTER?
You won’t find a perfect match between brands, but there are some equally as beautiful warm whites. These whites have similar warm INTENTIONS and include popular shades like…
WHY IS SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALABASTER SO POPULAR?
Alabaster is one of the best white paint colors because of its softness. Its popularity comes from the WIDE RANGE of projects it can be used on, including walls, exteriors, cabinets, trims, ceilings, and furniture – it’s a great go-to shade of white!
And while it’s warm, the yellow in Alabaster isn’t so obvious that it’s off-putting (for most people), leaving it one of the top whites. However, some whites give Alabaster a run for its money, such as Sherwin Williams Pure White, Benjamin Moore White Dove, and Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Not sure if Alabaster is right for you? Want a bit warmer, whiter, cooler? I’ve got more!
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2021, UPDATED FOR YOU IN 2023