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Behr Cracked Pepper: a complete color review

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 paint color guide

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.

Color Family

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!

RGB Colors

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!

Hex Code


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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.

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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.

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Best uses

Because this color is so dark, it can be a bit much for the walls. I love it for:

  • an accent wall
  • furniture
  • trim
  • doors
  • shutters

Similar Colors

  • Benjamin Moore French Beret
  • Sherwin Williams Dramatic Black
  • Benjamin Moore Nightfall
  • Sherwin Williams Perle Noir
  • Behr Deep Charcoal
  • Valspar Muted Ebony

Coordinating Colors

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.

Cool grays

  • Platinum
  • Silver Feather
  • Sterling
  • Misty Coast
  • Falcon Gray


  • Glass Saphire
  • Monet
  • Sailor’s Bay
  • Laguna Blue

Muted warm shades

  • Cornstalk
  • Sunwashed Brick
  • Lingonberry Punch
  • Laurel Tree
  • Perfect Penny

Trim Colors

Since this color is slightly cool, I prefer to pair it with a crisp white trim color.

Bright white trim colors:

Behr Cracked Pepper color palette

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behr cracked pepper paint color palette

Still not sure what paint color to choose?

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My Paint Color Formula ebook walks you through the painless process of expertly testing paint swatches to ensure you have the perfect color for your home.

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