The Rugh Design Color Wheel
Just for a quick recap, we have been working on adding ALL of the Sherwin-Williams paint colors to the Rugh Design Color Wheel. So as the process continues, I wanted to highlight a color per week that stands out.
So far, we have highlighted Drizzle (a beautiful green-blue color that will have you dreaming of the ocean in no time), Keystone Gray (a medium toned warm neutral “greige”), Urbane Bronze (a darker gray with a slight bronze undertone), Greek Villa (a subtle creamy off-white) and Amazing Gray (a go-to light gray).
Going forward you can find all of our Color Wheel Update posts here.
Featured Color: Alabaster SW 7008
This week, I wanted to focus on the color Alabaster SW 7008. I decided to feature Alabaster this week for several reasons. For one, I just plain love this color. Second, I specify this color SO often that I wanted to highlight the benefits and reasons that make it one of my top go-to off-whites. There is a reason that Sherwin-Williams named this color the Color of the Year for 2016. Even though that was 2 years ago, this color is still going strong!
If Alabaster sounds intriguing and you want see what other colors and schemes could coordinate with it then check out the color schemes I believe will coordinate nicely with it.
I scoured the net and put together a Pinterest gallery of Alabaster. See it below and let me know which you like the most. If you have your own pictures send them to me and I will post them!
Where to use Alabaster SW 7008
Alabaster is categorized as an off-white with subtle undertones of greige/beige, which honestly reads more like a creamy and crisp warm white in both interior and exterior lighting. It is just “off-white enough” to not be super bright white and is ideal for a softer white look. I believe that is what makes Alabaster so popular, mostly for those that wish to have a white that will still pop against their wall color, without being too glaringly white.
Alabaster can definitely work as an overall main wall color. Especially if you are going for a more clean and modern feel in your home. This creates a crisp backdrop for color in furniture, drapery and other accents in the home. I love it on shiplap walls if you are leaning towards the farmhouse style. I mean, it’s in Jo’s kitchen, so it’s gotta be good, right?
Another area (besides the kitchen) that can benefit from Alabaster, is the bedroom. I love the idea of using Alabaster as a wall, trim and ceiling color as the foundation for a little girl’s room! Then, you can go to town on brighter colors and accents. In the inspiration picture below, they painted the doors a soft pink, which I totally dig. Alabaster is optimal to contrast against textures like rustic wood, as shown in the ceiling detail or for a hand-scraped wood floor.
Even if you don’t end up painting your walls in Alabaster, it is gorgeous as a trim and cabinet color. It really is one of my top specified off-white color for this very purpose. I typically spec this color if the client doesn’t want to go bright, bright white and maybe has some selections that are a bit on the warmer side. Remember that Alabaster is creamier than a super white color, which makes it ideal! I love that it allows the wall color to contrast against the trim, while still keeping the look soft and subtle.
Alabaster not only shines for interiors, but it is lovely for exteriors as well. I have specified this color a ton for my Exterior Color Consultation clients lately. I had a client who wanted to paint her brick and I chose, you guessed it, Alabaster! Like I have mentioned in other posts, Alabaster comes out looking brighter on exteriors, so if you are really looking for a more creamy color for your exterior, look for a darker color that has more of a beige undertone. If you do, however, want a brighter white exterior, then Alabaster is perfection! You can see for yourself in this inspiration picture with gray shutters and an aqua blue door how spectacular it looks.
If you are considering Alabaster, the best way to find out if it is right for your space, is to grab a sample and test it out. If you are still having trouble deciding, contact me for a Color Consult to nail down the best color for your interior or exterior. I have a passion for color and love being able to help clients find the right color to make their home beautiful!
Leave me a comment if you have Alabaster SW 7008 in your home or would like to try it. I would love to hear from you! Also, stay tuned for the next featured color from the Color Wheel…
The Best of the Rest
Alabaster had the spotlight, but I also wanted to highlight a color from the Color Wheel update, Sticks & Stones SW 7503. I actually researched this color recently as I was considering it for an interior overall wall color. This client wanted a warmer, more saturated color. Sticks & Stones has a taupe undertone and is definitely a warmer neutral. If you like Balanced Beige, but want a darker color with a bit more brown to it, then consider Sticks & Stones! I also like the thought of using it for a trim color with off-white walls.
Check out the colors we updated on the Color Wheel this week below. Click on the swatch to see my color scheme picks!
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