Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a measure of how much light a paint reflects back into a room, with 100 being highly reflective and zero being not reflective at all. Alabaster’s LRV is 82, so it’s definitely a white but not the brightest, most reflective white on the market. This helps it feel a bit softer while still being bright and could make it a better choice as a wall paint than, say, Sherwin-Williams High Reflective White (LRV 93 ), which may feel too stark or sterile on an entire wall.
How Does the Exposure of My Room Affect Alabaster?
Exposure refers to the direction of the natural light in a room and tends to vary in color and intensity depending on where it’s coming from. Alabaster will add a dose of warmth to the cool gray light in a north-facing room or a room that has morning east-facing light. In a room with southern exposure, Alabaster will look even warmer. Western exposure rooms will also see this warmth in the afternoon light.
You must sample this color in the space you intend to use it before you start putting it on your walls and trim!(We mail 8″ x 10″ paint swatches of our recommendations to our Virtual Color Consultation clients.)
In many cases, yes! But it depends on what color you’re putting next to it. Because Alabaster is a higher chroma white (more colorful) than some other white paint colors, it may have a bit less flexibility (although I’d say it’s still pretty darn flexible).
Alabaster is especially beautiful on trim molding when paired with other warm paint colors. But if you’re looking for a low chroma (less vivid or colorless), clean white paint color that has more flexibility, Alabaster would not be my first recommendation. For a cleaner, lower chroma white paint color, take a look at Benjamin Moore Super White OC-152 or Behr Ultra Pure White.
Can I Pair Sherwin-Williams Alabaster with Another White Paint Color? Will It Look Yellow?
It might. If you want white walls and are using Alabaster on the trim and cabinets, I recommend using Alabaster on the walls as well. Simply change the sheen or finish to give it some dimension (e.g., eggshell for the walls and satin for the cabinets and trim). When you start trying to mix and match white paints, their differences in hue and chroma become much more obvious. One will likely end up highlighting the hue family of the other, causing it to look grayer/yellower/dingier by comparison. (In my online course, Color By The Numbers™, I show you how easy it is to find hue and chroma values and how to use them to evaluate colors).
Alabaster looks cleaner and brighter when partnered with a paint color that has a significant difference in chroma (colorfulness or vividness) and/or value (lightness or darkness). Take a look at some of our favorite near-neutrals to pair with Alabaster:
Alabaster has an LCh° hue angle of 99.953°, which means it’s in the Yellow hue family. The challenge is that many of the most popular near-neutral paint colors (many beiges and grays) also belong to the Yellow hue family. This means you’ll have to be careful when pairing Alabaster with other near-neutral paint colors from the Yellow hue family. If you start sampling paint colors and find Alabaster looking too dingy or yellow next to your other paint, they’re probably from the same hue family and too similar in chroma or value.(Hue family can be tricky to identify based on looks alone. In my online course, Color By The Numbers™, I show you how easy it is to find hue and chroma values and how to use them to evaluate colors).
What paint colors are similar to Sherwin-Williams Alabaster?
That being said, I never, ever recommend color matching between brands. I have seen clients do this for any number of reasons (to save a little money, their contractor will only work with a specific brand, lack of access, etc.). But the bottom line is that you cannot color match between brands and expect to get identical results.
You may get really close. You may even get a color you can live with if you’re lucky. But with color matching, there are no guarantees because different brands use different formulas, bases, and proprietary pigments. Ultimately, it will be a different product.
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Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging and the founder of the award-winning firm, Three Bears Home Staging®. She specializes in providing positive, empowering virtual consultations that help homeowners and real estate agents all across the country sell more quickly and for more money.
Published by Vannessa Rhoades, Three Bears Home Staging
Vannessa Rhoades is the author of "Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging" and the founder of the award-winning firm, Three Bears Home Staging®. She specializes in providing positive and empowering consultations to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money. Vannessa has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties, both in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.
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