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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
For example, Sherwin-Williams Rhinestone SW 7656. It belongs to the Green Hue Family (G).
or Evening Shadow SW 7662. It belongs to the Blue Hue Family (B).
or Ben Moore’s Feather Gray 2127-60. It belongs to the Purple-Blue Hue Family (PB).
or Genesis White 2134-70 would work too. It belongs to the Blue-Green Hue Family (BG)
If you try any of these color combinations, let me know.
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