Fresh Balance, Comforting Softness
Springing into soft and fresh energy for April’s featured color. The veteran of warm whites, Alabaster SW 7008, is highlighted as Sherwin William’s featured color of the month for April. This modern and minimal white creates a versatile backdrop for many applications. It thrives as a blank canvas for layering style and flair. Or it can stand alone to create a simple, calming environment to unwind.
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Alabaster SW 7008
Sherwin William’s Alabaster has proved to be a trusty shade of white since it’s one of Sherwin Williams’s Top 5 Shades of White. Alabaster is creamy and warm but balanced enough to remain modern and fresh. Alabaster SW 7008 is part of the Sherwin William’s 2022 Color Forecast as part of the Ephemera collection.
Off-whites and creamy whites are suitable for places where you’d want to create a calming and organized environment. White acts as a blank canvas, often ideal for environments where you’d like to focus or tap into creativity. One can also lean into the soothing effects and use it for a rejuvenating environment.
The studio image below features Alabaster on all the walls and trim. The neutral paint creates a peaceful backdrop that helps the mind focus. It creates a supportive environment to let creativity flourish and featured elements shine. Natural wood tones, soft muted colors, and chunky organic textures pair well for this application. Together, they create a supportive, creative, and relaxed, yet organized space.
Inspiration – Alabaster SW 7008
This inspiration image below captures the relaxing and calming effects that Alabaster SW 7008 can evoke. The image features a bed with neutral textured bedding and a view beyond — a vase on a shelf. The framing and simplicity of the image are comforting yet eye-catching. Alabaster pairs well with other soft neutral colors, including fresh earthy tans and taupes. The palette feels simple, fresh, calming, and welcoming. For more coordinating colors, check out Sherwin Williams Ephemera Collection.
I matched sourced colors from the image and paired it with a Sherwin Williams color below. Check out more info about Sherwin Williams April 2022 Color of the month here.
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Alabaster SW 7008 – Creamy White Decor
Who knew creamy could be so… dreamy? Sometimes less is more, and this collection is proving just that! The creamy white color of Alabaster SW 7008 translates into a fresh, relaxed, and simple collection. This collection features natural materials, organic lines and shapes, natural textures, and subtle tonal patterns. Showcased items are from Black designers, artisans, and businesses. Keep on reading to learn about each product, and check out the post on Instagram to explore all the artist’s on Instagram.
Macrame Wall Hanging: Candice Luter
This serpent-like, sinuous wall hanging from Candice Luter Home is starting this collection. The macrame wall hanging is made from natural cotton rope fiber and wood. I love how the piece can add dimension to a neutral backdrop by playing with tonal textures. Candice Luter’s shop includes a unique collection of fiber wall art and unique mixed media mirrors. Check out variations of this piece and more on her Etsy shop.
Digital Art Print: Nonily Studio
The composition of this art print has a whimsical Parisian feel to it. The lemons and figs playfully stand out with their minimal linework. This piece would look adorable in a kitchen or casual dining area. Nonily Studio, founded by Tatiyan, is based out of California. The shop features minimal and abstract prints often centered around food, figures, and travel. See more of the different art prints on the Nonily Studio Etsy shop.
Throw Blanket: Eco Vibe Style
What screams comfort, sophistication, and simplicity? A good blanket. THROW-n into the mix for this collection is this cotton chenille throw blanket from Eco Vibe Style. This blanket has a texture with horizontal and vertical lines. The textured fabric creates visual interest, while the creamy white color makes it versatile. Eco Vibe Style has a variety of home goods, plants, and products that carry a level of sustainability and social or ethical impact.
Natural Fiber Collage Art: Elan Byrd
Up next is this collage art piece from Elan Byrd. It is part of The Shapes at Play collection —collages of jute grasscloth in abstract compositions. The changing grain directions of the jute help define the layered shapes. Explore Elan Byrd’s site for raffia wall hangings, art prints, and original mixed-media art.
Patterned Wallcovering: Mitchell Black
Incorporating soft creamy whites through tonal play is always an option to explore. The Tasmanian Beach pattern from Mitchell Black creates a playful, curious backdrop on a subtler scale. The pattern creates an organic and abstract feel to the chevron pattern. The contrast between creamy-white and white adds interest to a space without feeling overpowering. Michell Black is Chicago-based offering various wallpapers in several colors and patterns.
Woven Wall Basket: Expedition Subsahara
Textures, natural fibers, and neutral colors are a winning trifecta in today’s trends. The Latt Wall Basket from Expedition Subsahara is created from elephant grass and recycled plastic. The natural colors of the materials and the woven texture are an excellent way to add a dynamic but comforting layer to a space. The mission of Expedition Subsahara is to build a STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, and Math) school in Senegal.
Pillow Cover: Dex and Bodie
Merging comfort and aesthetic is this pillow cover from Dex and Bodie. This pillow cover is made out of soft woven cotton with an accented black hand-stitched detail. Talk about a boho moment! Dex and Bodie are based out of California, featuring curated home decor. Visit the shop’s site to check out more pillows, wall decor, rugs, and textiles.
Macrame: Studio Nom
Looking for a Macrame piece that is the moment? Look no further than Studio Nom. This piece is big on texture, and I am here for it! The shag feel of the exposed cotton rope creates an extra organic look. Studio Nom is based out of the Netherlands. Check out more fiber art wall hangings with unique patterns and geometric lines at Studio Nom’s Etsy shop.
Wrapping up this curated collection is this rug from Jungalow. The Alabaster color is played tonally with subtle contrasting threads that form abstract faces. The figures are geometric shapes paired with minimal organic lines, creating a subtle but eye-catching statement. Jungalow carries a variety of boh decor, and they plant two trees with every sale!
Check out this year’s paint color and matching curated items: Evergreen Fog SW 9130: Color of the Year 2022: Color in Review
To find other coordinating colors and items for Alabaster, check out: Color in Review: Aleutian SW 6241 – Blue Decor
What do you think of this year’s paint color? What is your favorite featured item? Let me know in the comments!