Alabaster: 14 Ways to Use This Versatile Neutral

Neither overly warm nor overly cool, this balanced white complements just about any space. Find 14 ways to use it in your home.

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September 05, 2016
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Alabaster White Color Palette

Not as stark as white yet not as warm as beige, this neutral works with just about any decorating style or color palette. Try it with peach, navy blue and just a touch of bright orange for a bright yet soothing bedroom.

Healing Hue

Soft, porous alabaster is thought to be a “drawing stone” — it can draw energies to or away from you, depending on your needs. Some believe alabaster can ease anxiety, diminish anger and provide mental clarity. The stone’s soft hue has a similar soothing effect in the home, setting a calming tone.

Bright and Airy

A palette of light neutrals and pastels helps this already spacious living room feel even larger. Against the alabaster walls, an entertainment center in crisp, bright white really stands out.

Rustic Touches

Alabaster walls look equally at home as a backdrop for darker elements. In this Spanish-style dining room, they provide beautiful contrast against richly stained ceiling beams.

Serene Scheme

Soft alabaster walls and cool blue accents create a calm, soothing atmosphere in this transitional living room. Large sliding glass doors open the room up to an outdoor seating area, providing endless options for indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Bold Blue

Alabaster walls can complement soft, pastel accent colors, as well as bold, saturated ones. In this living room, a sapphire blue sofa makes a statement against the neutral surroundings.

Splashes of Color

If you keep your larger pieces neutral, you give yourself a ton of flexibility when choosing accent colors for your home. In this living room featured in HGTV Magazine, alabaster walls and gray linen sofas set the stage for pink-infused pillows and gleaming metallic accents.

Contrasting Details

Navy blue accessories bring depth to this transitional living room, with its soft alabaster walls. A leather armchair is nestled in the corner of the room, carving out a cozy spot for relaxation.

Show-Stopping Headboard

Soft alabaster walls can let dramatic details take center stage. In this bedroom, an ornate silver headboard shines against a neutral backdrop.

Quirky Powder Room

Wainscoting in a soft alabaster hue lets a whimsical wallpaper steal the show in this powder room.

Coastal Foyer

Soft, neutral tones are a staple of coastal design style. In this beach house foyer, alabaster walls are the perfect complement to sea-inspired artwork and a weathered wood console table.

Flattering Shade

Warmer than white yet cooler than beige, alabaster is an ideally balanced backdrop for a dressing and makeup table. This cozy nook features soft, neutral walls, a white table and a glamorous mirror.

Bookcase Backdrop

Colorful books, artwork and accessories are carefully arranged to fill this custom built-in bookshelf. The alabaster shade of the shelves and cabinets creates a bright, clean aesthetic.

Peaceful Nursery

Many sweet dreams will be had in this restful nursery. An alabaster-hued sofa (with a built-in trundle bed) brings out the soft tones of the wallpaper, featuring dozens of hot air balloons.

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