Read all about Sherwin Williams Alabaster, plus see 31 real homes that use it…
Sherwin Williams Alabaster (#7008) is a creamy, soft white that won’t look stark but is bright enough to look white on almost any surface and in practically any light.
When it comes to paint colors, neutrals are the top dog…the big cheese…the king…you get it. 😉 Thanks to their extreme versatility, neutral paint colors rule the paint palate, and Sherwin Williams Alabaster white is a perfect example.
As a truly neutral off-white paint color, Alabaster perfectly sets the stage to show off any style of decor. It allows the decor to shine as the star of the show while also permitting you to easily change up your accents when you want to switch things up.
Alabaster Color Basics
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Here’s the skinny on everything you need to know about Alabaster to help make choosing your next white paint color just that much easier.
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Alabaster is one of Sherwin Williams’s most popular whites. In fact, this long-time bestseller is so popular and versatile that when Sherwin Williams picked their 2016 color of the year, they choose (…you guessed it!) Alabaster.
So what color is Sherwin Williams Alabaster, exactly? It’s an off-white with very subtle undertones of greige (both gray and beige). It reads as a bright, warm white that’s clean and crisp but soft and inviting at the same time.
It will look white in both interior and exterior lighting and is bright enough to pop against other colors without being glaring white.
A big part of the reason for Alabaster’s popularity likely has to do with its Light Reflectance Value (LRV).
LRV is a numerical number rated from 0-100 with 0 being pure black, and 100 being pure white. A higher LRV number means that more light is reflected and indicates how bright a color feels.
Alabaster color’s LRV value is 82, which basically means it reflects a lot of light and works well in rooms where you want to create a bright and relaxed, but cheery ambiance. While Alabaster is a very light white, at LRV of 82, it won’t give you that harsh (ahem, sterile) stark pure white vibe.
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What Sherwin Williams has to Say About Alabaster
When talking about Alabaster as the 2016 Color of the Year, Sherwin Williams called it “a hue symbolic of new beginnings” and said that “Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds.”
While there’s no real description offered with these words, there IS a clear feeling conveyed here of calm and comfort. It’s the very feel I want to create in my own home (despite screaming children).
Alabaster vs Other Paint Colors
White paints can be particularly hard to see differences in…white is white, right? That’s until you get them side by side. Then suddenly white paint seems WAY more complicated than you ever imagined.
White paints are all about the undertones: warm undertones, cool undertones, creamy undertones, or yellow ones. And believe me, those subtle undertones make a huge difference in how your white paint looks!
Let’s compare Sherwin Williams Alabaster to other popular white paint colors and see how it differs.
Alabaster vs Snowbound
Snowbound by Sherwin Williams has an LRV value of 82.56. Since Alabaster has an LRV of 82, these two paint colors are nearly identical in brightness.
Both Alabaster and Snowbound are timeless, crisp-looking whites with slight greige undertones, giving them both the perfect balance of warm and cool.
Alabaster reads as a creamy, crisp off-white that isn’t yellow, blue, or too beige. It looks like classic white and works in both interior and exterior lighting as a soft white. On the other hand, Snowbound is slightly darker than Alabaster and has a little more grey undertone which makes it read cooler than Alabaster.
Didn’t I mention that white paints are complicated? 😉
Alabaster vs Creamy
Sherwin Williams Creamy is another very popular white color. Like Alabaster, it is a warmer white. However, it reads a tad warmer and creamier (ha!) than Alabaster does which makes it a perfect choice to pair with warmer neutrals like warm grays, beiges, or taupes.
While Alabaster’s LRV of 82 is very light, Creamy has an LRV of 81, making it almost identical in terms of brightness but just a teensy bit darker than Alabaster.
Alabaster vs Simply White
Benjamin Moore Simply White has an LRV of 91.7 and is a warm white with yellow undertones. Keeping in mind that the higher the number (100 = pure white) the lighter the color, Simply White is a bright white.
It gives a clean, crisp look without being too bright. If there aren’t other whites around, Simply White will look white, however, use caution if you don’t like yellow-white paint colors.
By comparison, Alabaster is slightly darker and looks just a little more beige. As it’s neither yellow nor white, Alabaster is a true neutral that looks like a soft, creamy white in any lighting. You can read more about Simply White (and see it in 29 different real homes!) here.
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31 Real Life Homes Using SW Alabaster
Ok, now that you’ve read all about Alabaster’s undertones and how it reads compared to other popular white colors, it’s time to see it in action – on real-life walls and cabinets as well as exterior paint.
Use these examples as just that – examples. Ideas of how Alabaster COULD look in or on your home. In order to REALLY know what it looks like, test out a large swatch where you think you want this shade before you commit to paying for multiple gallons.
Trust me – every color of white paint will look different on EVERY wall during different times of the day. Test it before you buy it!
Here we go!
Sherwin Williams Alabaster in the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home – the space where you spend time cooking, entertaining, and just hanging out. A versatile color like Alabaster can look amazing on the walls, the trim, or the cabinets. Here’s how Alabaster looks in a few different kitchens.
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This image shows just how neutral and clean Alabaster looks. It stands out against the greige walls, yet it also complements the white granite and white subway tiles perfectly. When you want a truly clean, neutral white, Alabaster is a great choice.
This kitchen is the perfect example of how Alabaster does its job of fading into the background to let decor items shine. The beautiful wood beams and blue accent color get to be the stars in this while the wall paint hangs quietly in the back of the kitchen.
Love the modern farmhouse look? Me too! By using Alabaster as the neutral backdrop in this kitchen, the brick wall, barn door, wood mantle vent, and other rustic elements get the opportunity to be what they should be: eye-catching.
Clean. Classic. Simple. That’s how this farmhouse kitchen comes reads. The decor features add a nice splash of color and pizazz.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster white really pops against the gray walls and black accents. It gives that perfect bright neutral touch that keeps the space from getting too dark.
This kitchen highlights how neutral Alabaster REALLY is by using it as a bridge to bring the warm counters and backsplash together with the cooler walls seamlessly.
This kitchen uses Alabaster on the cabinets for a large-feeling bright space in an area surrounded by gray walls and black countertops.
Alabaster cabinets, ceiling, and trim let the wood features and dark accents “do the talking”.
Look at this gorgeous kitchen! The Alabaster cabinets make it feel clean yet comfortable, and simple yet eye-catching. A kitchen like this one can be a part of any home, any style of decor.
Alabaster White in Living Spaces
Alabaster can do a tremendous job of helping you let your personality shine in the hangout headquarters of your home. Here’s how SW Alabaster looks in some real-life living rooms.
Love simple? This minimalistic room shows you how peaceful and clean SW Alabaster is.
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Thanks to its high LRV, Sherwin Williams Alabaster can make a small room feel quite spacious and roomy.
Here is an example that shows just how Alabaster reads warm yet neutral with just the slightest hint of color. The Alabaster walls really make the pure white TV console and shelves pop. And…it shows yet again how complicated white can be!
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Whether your style is modern farmhouse, classic, or contemporary like this living room, Alabaster’s versatility makes it a favorite for homeowners of ANY style!
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This living room shows how Alabaster can read as soft and creamy without looking yellow.
In a smaller room with less natural light like this one, Alabaster looks pure white but without the sterile, cold feeling that a true pure white can give.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster White in Bathrooms
I don’t know about you, but there are few rooms I’d rather have look “cold” less than my bathroom! My bathroom is my solace – sometimes even my escape for a “Mommy Time Out”. I want it to feel calming and comforting. These real bathrooms show how Alabaster brings a soothing vibe to a room.
Green and gray can both sometimes lend a coolness to a room, but in this bathroom, adding the Alabaster-painted shiplap wall in the center softens both of the other colors.
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Here’s another example of how Alabaster can read as a clean, soft white while also working to make a small space feel much larger.
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Real Bedrooms with Sherwin Williams Alabaster White
I love the warm creaminess in this room! It looks very off-white without the slightest hint of being yellow.
A small bedroom with limited natural light and odd-shaped ceilings? It might be a disaster with another color, but not with Alabaster.
20. Rooms Featuring Sherwin-Williams’ Alabaster Paint Color | The Spruce
Even with low natural light, Alabaster maintains its warm neutral read. There’s no hint of coolness here at all.
If you love that white-on-white look, Alabaster even makes a great bridge for different shades of white.
Hello morning, noon, and night! This example shows that while some colors will change drastically depending on the angle and amount of light in a room, Alabaster stays more predictable.
Another real example of how SW Alabaster makes a room look soft while playing nicely with other neutral colors.
Stairways are notoriously difficult to find the right color for because they vary so much in shape, lighting, and size. Check out these real-life stairways using Alabaster.
No dark and scary basement here! On this stairway, Alabaster reads as warm, soft, and yet also bright just where you need it.
Crisp and clean, Alabaster makes this small stairway area feel bright and anything but drab.
Use Alabaster to add a crisp white accent when you need to lighten up a darker paint scheme.
If Alabaster had any tendencies to read yellow, this staircase would be where it would happen. The woods and the lighting here would pull out the yellow. Instead, Alabaster shines as a bright soft, creamy white.
Alabaster excels against woods and dark accents just like in this stairway. It bridges the warm with the dark to make it all come together in a perfectly warm, neutral way.
When you want a very crisp-looking white without that cool, glaringly white feel to it, consider Alabaster like in this image.
Houses Painted Alabaster
Alabaster’s versatility also makes it a great exterior paint! Check out these real-life images of homes with Alabaster exterior paint.
I love Alabaster for exterior paint because it just looks perfectly white without looking too bright.
Here’s another example of how Alabaster pops against wood and dark accents. It looks crisp and white while still exuding warmth.
There you have it! Everything you need to know about Sherwin Williams Alabaster plus seeing it in action on 31 real-life homes.
Still Not Sure About This Shade?
If you are still not sure whether SW Alabaster is the perfect shade for you, that’s okay! I have several other colors you can consider. Each of these posts breaks down everything you need to know about the shade, plus gives several examples of how it looks in real homes!
- Chantilly Lace (Benjamin Moore)
- Light Pewter (Benjamin Moore)
- Gray Owl (Benjamin Moore)
- Classic Gray (Benjamin Moore)
- Stonington Gray (Benjamin Moore)
- Sea Salt (Sherwin Williams)
- White Dove (Benjamin Moore)
- Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams)
- Agreeable Gray (Sherwin Williams)
- Simply White (Benjamin Moore)
- Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore)
- Dover White (Sherwin Williams)
- Light French Gray (Sherwin Williams)
- Pure White (Sherwin Williams)
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