Looking for the perfect deep and moody paint color for your home? Let’s talk about Behr Cracked Pepper and if it might be the perfect charcoal paint color for your space!
Deep and moody paint colors have been having a moment for a while, so I wasn’t completely shocked when Behr paint announced that they’re 2020 for paint color of the year is Cracked Pepper.
This is a deep charcoal, paint color, sometimes described as a soft black. And it can feel moody, modern, and very cozy.
Let’s dive into what makes this color of the year so popular.
Behr Cracked Pepper
Cracked Pepper is a dark charcoal paint color. It is soft, meaning it doesn’t read as too harsh on the eyes, and has slightly cool undertones.
Cracked Pepper is in the black color family.
Light Reflectance Value
Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around. This is on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.
With an LRV of 8, Cracked Pepper is a VERY dark paint color!
R: 79 G: 81 B: 82
RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color. This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!
Cracked Pepper has slight cool blue undertones.
However, they are slight. It is really neutral enough to pair well with warm or cool accents. Remember that warm lighting will make it feel warmer, and cool toned lighting will bring out those blue tones!
One of the best ways to see these undertones is to look at the color swatches Behr puts out. All of the lighter shades are blue – indicating the strong blue undertones in this color.
It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to be sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.
Because this color is so dark, it can be a bit much for the walls. I love it for:
- an accent wall
- Benjamin Moore French Beret
- Sherwin Williams Dramatic Black
- Benjamin Moore Nightfall
- Sherwin Williams Perle Noir
- Behr Deep Charcoal
- Valspar Muted Ebony
Honestly, Cracked Pepper is neutral enough to work with almost any color scheme. Layer it with cool grays for a soft look, blues for gentle contrast, and muted warm shades for bold contrast.
- Silver Feather
- Misty Coast
- Falcon Gray
- Glass Saphire
- Sailor’s Bay
- Laguna Blue
Muted warm shades
- Sunwashed Brick
- Lingonberry Punch
- Laurel Tree
- Perfect Penny
Since this color is slightly cool, I prefer to pair it with a crisp white trim color.
Cracked Pepper color palette
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