Sherwin Williams Alabaster: Classic or Dated?

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Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008), was announced the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 6 years ago in 2016. It was described as “the true neutral paint”.

But designs trends change rapidly! What was once a “must have” is snubbed years later. So where does the Alabaster color stand in all of this as we approach 2022? Do designers still recommend using this as a neutral? Even color fanatics will admit neutrals are what hold staying power when it comes to “trends”.

a brick house painted Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Alabaster on our painted brick home above. Shutters are Gauntlet Gray by SW

Alabaster Sherwin Williams Full Review

Is The Alabaster Color Yellow?

No, Sherwin Williams Alabaster is not categorized as a yellow.

But tread with caution! The undertones are very warm when compared to cold white. On its’ own, it is categorized as a soft cream color, but it can get a bad rep if not used in the right setting.

painted brick with Sherwin Williams Alabaster

The contrast in the white against a sheet of paper can be seen clearly. The undertones are not crisp and clean!

There are places in my home I would typically not recommend using the Alabaster color. Keep reading to hear specifics.

What Color Is Sherwin Williams Alabaster (Really?)

SW Alabaster is a creamy off-white; a true warm neutral creamy white paint color.

Sherwin Williams alabaster painted walls
via H2H Design Co

This warmth Alabaster holds can be a great choice in today’s design world. If you have north facing rooms, Alabaster is an ideal choice! It will warm a room up and get rid of those blue or gray undertones that come out when using cold stark whites in dark, northern rooms.

But in a room like my old living room, with intense western afternoon sunlight streaming in, tread with caution. Adding a lot of yellow sunshine can reflect the yellow.

Is The Alabaster Color Dated or Still On Trend for 2022?

2022 loves warm colors! Brass, wood tones – these are two design elements that are very on trend and Sherwin Williams Alabaster is a beautiful choice to mix with these warm tones.

Warmer kitchen cabinets are also trending, and the Alabaster color would make a great choice here.

The short answer is yes, Alabaster is still very much a popular choice and a classic color, when used in the right setting.

a paint swatch of Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Our white brick home is painted Sherwin Williams Alabaster, seen above. A note on using the Alabaster color on exteriors – it is nowhere as creamy when used outside and appears lighter. The outside of your home will be a soft, lovely, true white. When used on exteriors you will not have a yellow home, regardless of the weather.

a paint swatch of Sherwin Williams Alabaster

I would use this white paint color on a brick home again and again!

When Sherwin Williams Alabaster Is Not A Good Choice

This comes down to personal taste! Want my opinion? I don’t love strong beige and yellow tones in our current design era. What I wouldn’t do is mix Alabaster in a room that receives warm sunlight with a crisp true white trim paint, as the contrast won’t be as pleasing to your eye. The cold white next to the warm white, with the added warmth from the direction could leave Alabaster looking a little like butter.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster
via: The Harper House

What Color Trim Goes With Alabaster Walls?

What color trim with Alabaster walls is a common question that has the easiest answer. If you are painting Alabaster on your walls, the color trim you can use is also Alabaster!

I have been matching trim and drywall together in all of my homes and it’s not only simple, but a lovely decision design wise. It’s pleasing on the eyes when you are using whites to see the same undertones. Plus – how easy is that?

No worries about your beautiful trim hidden while blending into the white walls: the trim will still stand out because you will use a different sheen on trim and ceiling.

I prefer eggshell on walls, and semi gloss on trim. You can even take that same paint to the ceiling with a flat.

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