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When it comes to paint colors, neutrals are king, they are top of the class, they run the game. Can you see where I’m going with this?
For the purpose of today’s post, I want to zero in on one particular neutral paint color, the Kelly Clarkson of paint colors…
Alabaster SW 7008
Why is Sherwin Williams Alabaster the Kelly Clarkson of paint colors?
Well first off, it was chosen as Sherwin Williams Color of the Year in 2016, which is saying a lot in my opinion. And it’s still going strong to this day!
Here’s how Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing describes it:
A hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year. At a time of interconnected commotion and overstimulation, Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds. It is the true neutral to set the tone for 2016.
Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, well-being and an atmosphere that is pure and simple.
Also, because this neutral off-white paint color is the perfect backdrop to highlight any decor style. It lets the decor stand out as the star of the show, as well as allowing you to easily switch up said decor if you are looking for a change.
Let me fill you in on the stats of SW Alabaster.
- Alabaster SW 7003 has an LRV of 82. That’s pretty high up there on the scale so this paint color is reflecting a ton of light.
- R: 237 G: 234 B: 224
- Hex Value: #edeae0
SW Alabaster is featured in the following Color Collections:
- Senior Living Cool Foundations,
- Pottery Barn – Spring/Summer 2019,
- Pottery Barn Kids – Spring/Summer 2019,
- PBteen – Spring/Summer 2019,
- Nurterer, Timeless White
- 2016 Pura Vida
Is Sherwin Williams Alabaster yellow?
SW Alabaster is not yellow. It has a neutral base to it, which gives it it’s creamy almost off- white color. The neutral base grounds the color preventing it from going to warm or looking yellow.
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Is Sherwin Williams Alabaster white?
Alabaster isn’t quite white. It is categorized by Sherwin Williams in its white color section, however Alabaster is not a true white. As I mentioned before, the neutral base this color has gives it a bit of warmth lending it more towards an almost off-white color.
So what color is Sherwin Williams Alabaster?
Alabaster is a soft, almost off-white paint color. It’s definitely not white because of the neutral beige undertones it has, though it is close. The neutral beige undertones give this paint color a creaminess, but not too creamy. It’s just the right amount of creamy to make it not white but also not yellow.
Let’s say Sherwin Williams Alabaster is a soft, warm almost off-white.
What are SW Alabaster’s undertones?
Undertones are what make a color. Alabaster has subtle beige undertones. They are not too cool, yet not too warm. Basically it’s the perfect balance of both warm and cool, which explains why Alabaster is such a popular color choice among many designers and homeowners alike.
Alabaster and lighting
Light plays an important role in the way a color looks and can change the appearance of virtually any color. For this reason, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the lighting situation of the room you are choosing the right paint color for.
- North-facing rooms – Light in North-facing rooms comes off cooler and somewhat bluish. Lighter colors appear more muted, while bolder colors will show up, or appear better.
Since Alabaster is a lighter color, it may have the tendency to appear a smidge on the muted/drab side in a north facing room. It’s very slight though.
- South-facing rooms– In South facing rooms, there tends to be a consistent bright light throughout the day. Warm and cool tones work with south facing light, This light intensifies colors, so darker colors will seem brighter while, softer colors will almost look like they are glowing.
We can say Alabaster is “living its best life” in a South facing room. The warmth Sherwin Williams Alabaster has comes out, without looking too yellow.
- East-facing rooms– East facing rooms have the brightest light in the mornings, with a yellow-orange tone. If a east facing room will be used mostly in the evenings, going with a warm palette will help balance the lack of natural light.
Since Alabaster does in fact have the slight warmth to it, it will work well in East facing rooms.
- West-facing rooms- Early evening is when West-facing rooms have the best light. Warmer tones might seem overwhelming because of the red -orange the light gives off. However, if the main use for the room is in the mornings, the colors won’t appear as intense.
In a West facing room, Alabaster may tend to show off the most warmth.
Where can you use Alabaster SW 7008?
Because Alabaster has the perfect combination of warm and cool neutral undertones, you can use this perfect paint color virtually anywhere.
Use Alabaster on shiplap.
There is no denying the farmhouse style is in and shiplap practically defines that style. But sometimes stark white shiplap can be a bit too much for some people.
Enter Alabaster Sherwin Williams.
Why is this the perfect color solution? The warmth it has to it. It’s still close to white, just without the starkness or being glaringly white.
Alabaster is actually what Joanna Gaines has in her kitchen. So that pretty much explains it all right there. She can do no wrong in my eyes.
Use Sherwin Williams Alabaster on walls
Alabaster is the perfect neutral almost off-white paint color for walls. It’s an excellent choice for those looking for a white, just not too white.
As we now know Sherwin Williams Alabaster has a neutral base with a hint of warmth too it. This bit of warmth makes it perfect for walls without being too warm or yellow looking, while still providing you with the off-white appearance.
The subtlety of Alabaster makes it an excellent wall color option especially in nurseries and bedrooms because it is said to promote rest and relaxation. And that’s certainly what bedrooms are for.
I personally used SW Alabaster in my guestroom. I had wallpaper I had been wanting to use as and accent wall and I knew Alabaster would be the perfect choice to allow the wallpaper to stand out.
Alabaster also provides the perfect backdrop for bringing color in other places, such as furniture, artwork and decor. It gives you the opportunity to play around and experiment with color elsewhere.
Use Alabaster SW 7008 on trim, molding, ceilings and cabinets
Trim, molding and ceilings do not always have to be pure white.
Using a color that is a warmer white like Alabaster Sherwin Williams is ideal for those with decor and main wall colors that are on the warmer side. The creaminess of this color is what makes it work flawlessly with the warm tones.
Use Alabaster on Cabinets too
Alabaster SW 7008 is ideal for kitchen cabinets. It provides a beautiful contrast against the wall color of your choice without being overly stark and white. Alabaster is one of the best white paint colors for cabinets, kitchen as well as bathroom.
Use Alabaster on your exterior
Remember from earlier when I mentioned that Alabaster has an LRV of 82? Well using Alabaster on the exterior perfectly demonstrates how light reflective this color really is.
Even though Alabaster does have a slight warmth, it’s not as apparent on the exterior of a home because of how light it is.
An exterior in Sherwin Williams Alabaster will look light, bright and beautiful!
Alabaster SW 7008 compared to Evening Shadow 7662
By pairing Alabaster with a neutral color which is in the opposite hue color family, like a cool tone color like Evening Shadow SW 7662 , it will make SW Alabaster appear crisper and brighter.
Alabaster SW 7008 compared to Ethereal Mood SW 7639
When compared to a darker color, such as Eathearl Mood with a lower LRV, Alabaster tends to look brighter, and not dingy at all.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster vs. Benjamin Moore White Dove
When comparing Sherwin Williams Alabaster to Benjamin Moore White Dove, there are a few differences very slight between the two colors.
- White Dove is a bit more white than Alabaster.
- Both paint colors are very light and have a high LRV, White Dove being a tiny bit higher at 85.38.
- BM White Dove has a hint of gray in its undertone, which grounds the color from going too warm. Though both colors have the perfect balance of warm and cool undertones,
SW Alabaster and BM White Dove are two colors that we recommend to clients all the time. They are no fail paint colors that are truly timeless just with a few slight differences.
SW Alabaster 7008 vs Greek Villa SW 7551
- Just like Alabaster, Greek Villa SW 7551 has greige undertones to it.
- Greek Villa is a hair warmer than Alabaster.
- Greek Villa is a tad lighter with a LRV of 84 which is higher than Alabaster’s LRV of 82.
- SW Greek Villa is my home office paint color.
SW Alabaster 7008 vs SW Pure White 7005
- SW Pure White is has an LRV of 84, it’s lighter than Alabaster, which again has a LRV of 82.
- Alabaster is warmer and softer than Pure White. Pure white bringing closer to a true white.
- Pure white only has a very small amount of yellow in it, which gives it the tiniest amount of warmth to it.
Out the two colors Sherwin WIlliams Pure White is more on the white side.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster 7008 vs Benjamin Moore Alabaster OC-129
Yup, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore both have a color named Alabaster. However, these colors are not identical. Sure they are both very light, but there are a few differences.
- Benjamin Moore Alabaster has a higher LRV of 87.04, which is pretty dang light.
- Benjamin Moore Alabaster has more of a pink undertone, while Sherwin Williams Alabaster has that neutral greige undertone.
- The undertone is the major difference between these two colors. SW Alabaster has a hint of warmth and Alabaster BM has a hint of cool.
Check out how some of the most popular Sherwin Williams off-white colors compare to Alabaster.
Urban Bronze SW 7048, Gray Area SW 7052 and Accessible Beige pair beautifully with Alabaster.
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- Sherwin William Alabaster is neither white nor yellow. It’s more of a softer, creamier almost off-white.
- Alabaster is very light reflective, remember LRV of 82
- The undertones here are on the griege side, making it a warmer color.
- SW Alabaster looks amazing in just about any application.
Final thoughts on Sherwin Williams Alabaster Sw 7008
In my opinion Alabaster is one, if not my favorite white colors. The slight warmth it has makes it easy to work with and pair with other colors. That is one of the main reasons why we end up suggesting this color to clients of ours. The versatility of this color is just so appealing, it’s no wonder it’s so popular.
Don’t forget, when it comes to paint colors it’s always a good idea to paint large swatches where you intend to use the color. Lighting will change in the room so pay attention and be observant. You want to make sure you will love the color in every lighting situation.
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