Looking for a neutral warm white paint color? Here’s Sherwin Williams Alabaster – undertones, coordinating colors, and trim colors!
White paint colors are super popular because they are a neutral backdrop that lighten and brighten rooms.
However, white paint colors aren’t so easy to pick! There are SO many shades of white.
Many people prefer a warmer toned white to avoid their room feeling cool or clinical, a big fear with white painted walls.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster is one of the most popular warm white paint colors! Let’s talk about it!
Sherwin Williams Alabaster 7008
Alabaster is a warm white paint color. See all of my favorite warm white paint colors here.
Light Reflectance Value
82 – this is not an ultra-bright white color. It has some color depth and creaminess to it.
Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around. This is on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.
R: 237 G: 234 B: 224
RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color. This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!
Alabaster has warm, beige toned undertones.
This versatile neutral paint color is perfect for a whole house paint color and can be paired with different accent colors in each room for a varied but cohesive look.
It’s also great for the exterior of a home, especially if your home has warm stone or other warm toned accents.
- Sherwin Williams Cotton
- Sherwin Williams Cold Foam
- Benjamin Moore Glacier White
- Sherwin Williams Greek Villa
- Benjamin Moore Apres Ski
- Behr Silver Leaf
- Benjamin Moore Dune White
- Valspa Creme Fraiche
Alabaster works with a wide variety of color palettes.
It’s easiest to pair with shades of brown and tan. This makes for a layered, neutral look.
You can also pair it with bolder colors for pops of color. Pairing it with warm colors – like a lush Urbane Bronze – will make Alabaster look more neutral.
Pairing it with cool tones – like a navy blue – will make Alabaster look more creamy and beige.
Wondering what trim color to use with Alabaster walls?
When painting walls white, I actually prefer to paint the trim the same color, just a different sheen. So, I’d do eggshell Alabaster on the walls and semi-gloss Alabaster on the trim.
If you want a contrasting white trim, go for a crisp white. Just know it will make Alabaster look more beige/creamy in comparison.
- Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Sherwin Williams Extra White
- Behr Ultra Pure White
FAQs about Alabaster
Is Sherwin Williams Alabaster warm or cool?
Alabaster is a warm toned white color due to its warm beige undertones.
Does Sherwin Williams alabaster look yellow?
No – despite being warm tones, Alabaster does not read as yellow. It is much more beige than yellow, and feels soft and creamy. If your room has south facing windows, the warm light can make this color look more yellow. Always test colors in your room before committing to them!
Is Sherwin Williams alabaster white or off-white?
Alabaster is slightly off white. Next to a pure, crisp white you will definitely see the creaminess to it. However, next to darker, warm colors, it reads as very white (and is appropriate as a trim color with warm paint colors for this reason).
Is Alabaster cream or white?
Alabaster is a creamy white paint color. With an LRV of 82, it is considered white – but a bit of a darker white, if you will.
What colors go well with Sherwin Williams Alabaster?
Alabaster is neutral enough to work with almost any paint color palette. I think it works very well with warm toned colors, especially medium to dark colors.
Is Sherwin Williams Alabaster too bright?
Alabaster is not at all too bright – unless you don’t want a white at all. In fact, it’s a bit dark for a white paint color and is on the verge of being beige or cream.
Does Alabaster go with agreeable gray?
Alabaster is a great coordinating color for Agreeable Gray. I love it for trim or for a light and bright accent color. It will read pretty white next to the warm, greige Agreeable Gray.
Does Alabaster go with accessible beige?
Similarly, Alabaster is a great creamy white trim color to pair with accessible beige! Read my accessible beige review here.
Does SW alabaster look green?
If your room faces North, the cool light coming in could mix with the creaminess of Alabaster and read slightly green in certain times of the day. Always swatch paint colors on your walls in each room to be sure you like how the light hits it in the space.
Is Alabaster a good color for cabinets?
Yes! Alabaster is a great white paint color for cabinets! Consider painting the walls and trim Alabaster, too, for a light and bright clean look.
What is the difference between Alabaster and Shoji White?
SW Alabaster has an LRV of 82, and Shoji White has an LRV of 74, which means Alabaster is lighter and will reflect more light back into a room. Alabaster has subtle beige undertones, and Shoji White has subtle green undertones.
See my complete comparison of Shoji White vs Alabaster here!
Does alabaster go with eider white?
I would not pair these two colors together despite them looking similar on the surface. Their undertones tend to clash side-by-side!
Is Greek villa lighter than Alabaster?
Greek Villa has a LRV of 84 while Alabaster’s is 82. So, Greek Villa is lighter than Alabaster.
Alabaster vs Extra White
These are both light, bright, off-white paint colors. But, Extra White is brighter and cool toned, while Alabaster is slightly less bright and warm toned.
Alabaster vs Pure White
Alabaster is slightly darker and more beige compared to Pure White, which is brighter and has a touch of yellow to it.
BM Swiss Coffee vs SW Alabaster
When comparing these two colors, the main difference is in the undertones. Alabaster has a gray undertone, while Swiss Coffee has a beige undertone.
If you prefer a cooler, crisper white, then Alabaster may be the better choice for you.
However, if you want a warmer, creamier white, then Swiss Coffee may be a better option.
Alabaster vs Creamy
These are both warm toned colors with beige undertones. However, when you put the colors next to each other, you will clearly see that Alabaster has a lot more gray to it compared to Creamy.
Alabaster vs White Dove
Alabaster and White Dove are both super popular off white paint colors. However, they have slightly different undertones, giving them each their own look.
Still not sure what paint color to choose?
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Thanks for reading!
Morgan is passionate about home decor and paint colors. She has been sharing DIY home decor tips since 2012 at CharlestonCrafted.com. From there, she learned to love paint colors, and the Paint Color Project was born in 2022!