Alabaster-SW-7008 Paint Blob

This is what you need to know about choosing wall colors if you have Sherwin-Williams Alabaster SW 7008 on your doors and trim.

We’ll use a color wheel because it illustrates color relationships.

Featured in the image below is a custom color wheel called The Color Strategist Color Wheel that I created; it’s the core of the system I designed for choosing colors.

You can learn how to use The Color Strategist Color Wheel and everything you need to know about how color really works in my Camp Chroma online color training program. Click here to enroll.

As you can see on the color wheel, Alabaster belongs to the yellow hue family – pretty much smack dab in the middle of the yellow hue family.

Alabaster-SW-7008-by Sherwin-Williams

 

If you partner Alabaster with near neutrals from the same yellow hue family, you have to be super careful about managing the chroma.

Chroma is the amount of perceivable grayness in a color. In other words, chroma is about how vivid/strong or neutral/weak a color looks.

 

True Neutral Gray

 

A near neutral wall color from the same yellow hue family neighborhood would have to have a difference in chroma of at least 20 (ish) compared to Alabaster.

Some examples are as follows:

Ethereal-Mood-SW-7639 Paint Blob

Ethereal Mood SW 7639 by Sherwin Williams has MORE chroma than Alabaster and the difference in chroma is comfortably more than 20. And it’s darker in Value/LRV which also helps Alabaster look crisp and not dingy.

Alabaster Ethereal Mood Case Study

 

Crushed-Ice-SW-7647 Paint Blob

or Crushed Ice SW 7647 from Sherwin-Williams  it has LESS chroma than Alabaster. The difference in chroma between these two colors is 19 but it works – that’s what I mean by a difference of 20 (ish). Again, Crushed Ice is darker than Alabaster and that helps too.

Alabaster Crushed Ice Case Study

 

That’s how you make Alabaster cabinets, doors and trim look brighter and whiter in comparison to a near neutral wall color from the same hue family neighborhood.

 

Near neutrals color strategist color wheel

Going back to the color wheel, near neutrals from hue families opposite (ish) yellow will help Alabaster ‘pop’ as cleaner and brighter.

Managing the grayness, choosing colors that are comfortably different in terms of chroma from Alabaster isn’t such a priority using this strategy.

Because contrast of hue will do the hard work to make Alabaster look more crisp in comparison.

 

Rhinestone-SW-7656 Paint Blob

For example, Sherwin-Williams Rhinestone SW 7656. It belongs to the Green Hue Family (G).

Alabaster Rhinestone Case Study

 

Evening-Shadow-7662 Paint Blob

or Evening Shadow SW 7662. It belongs to the Blue Hue Family (B).

Alabaster Evening shadow Case Study

 

Feather-Gray-2127-60 Paint Blob

or Ben Moore’s Feather Gray 2127-60. It belongs to the Purple-Blue Hue Family (PB).

Alabaster Feather Gray Case Study

 

Genesis-White-2134-70 Paint Blob

or Genesis White 2134-70 would work too. It belongs to the Blue-Green Hue Family (BG)

Alabaster Genesis White Case Study

 

If you try any of these color combinations, let me know.

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