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Sherwin Williams Black Fox: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect black paint color for your home? Let’s talk about Sherwin Williams Black Fox and if it might be right for your home!

There are many gorgeous black paint colors out there!

Black is a neutral, but it can also be used to make a bold statement. It’s a color to have fun with.

Just like any other paint color, neutral paint colors have a variety of undertones.

As black can have blue, green, greige, or brown undertones, it’s important to swatch colors in your space before committing to a color.

Sherwin Williams Black Fox Paint Color Guide.

Black Fox, Sherwin Williams, SW 7020

Black Fox is unique in that it has warm undertones, making it appear warmer than other traditional black paint colors.

This makes it a great choice for someone who wants to add a bit of warmth to a room.

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Color Family

Black Fox is in the black 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 7, Black Fox is an extremely dark paint color.

RGB Colors

R: 79 G: 72 B: 66

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


Sherwin Williams Black Fox.
Sherwin Williams Black Fox


Black Fox has warm greige undertones, making it warmer than many other black paint colors.

Its warm undertones can cause it to look almost brown in south-facing rooms with lots of natural light.

Black Fox will look more like a typical black color in north-facing rooms without much natural light. It may even look like a charcoal gray in these spaces.

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

I like to use dark paint colors like Black Fox for:

  • Walls of a large room you want to feel cozier such as a living room, or den (you can even paint the trim and moldings for a more sophisticated feel)
  • Creating a focal point, such as a fireplace
  • Trim, when paired with white walls
  • Built-ins
  • Accent wall
  • Interior or exterior doors
  • Shutters
  • Home exterior
  • Furniture

Similar Colors

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Coordinating Colors

As a neutral color, Black Fox typically pairs well with many other colors.

I like to pair it with other warm neutrals, such as whites or grays, as well as blues, greens, pinks or oranges.

Warm whites:

Warm light grays:

Cool greens:

  • Parisian Patina
  • Restful
  • Grandview
  • Verdigreen
  • Burma Jade

Trim Colors

With its warm undertones, I like to pair Black Fox with soft whites for trim:

Soft white trim colors:

Sherwin Williams Black Fox paint color palette

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black fox paint color palette

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Here are some common frequently asked questions about Black Fox.

Is SW Black Fox warm or cool?

SW Black Fox is a warm black paint color, featuring warm greige undertones. It is warmer than traditional black paint colors.

What color trim goes with SW Black Fox?

Because it has warm greige undertones, SW Black Fox pairs well with soft whites for trim, such as SW Alabaster, White Dove, or Behr Cameo White.

Is SW Black Fox a good color for exteriors?

Yes, SW Black Fox is a great choice for exteriors! It looks great on siding, garage doors, exterior doors, or shutters.

What Benjamin Moore color is similar to SW Black Fox?

BM Midsummer Night is similar to SW Black Fox.

Note that Midsummer Night is slightly lighter than Black Fox, with an LRV of 8 versus 7.

It’s important to swatch colors in your space before committing.

What is the difference between SW Black Fox and Urbane Bronze?

SW Black Fox is slightly darker than Urbane Bronze, with an LRV of 7 versus 8.

Black Fox is black with warm greige undertones, and Urbane Bronze is brownish-gray.

Urbane Bronze often looks more like a muted deep gray, whereas Black Fox looks like a saturated, warm black.

It’s important to swatch colors in your space before committing.

What is the difference between SW Black Fox and Iron Ore?

SW Black Fox and Iron Ore are similar colors. However, Black Fox is slightly lighter than Iron Ore, with an LRV of 7 versus 6.

Black Fox is black with warm greige undertones, and Iron Ore is a cool, deep charcoal.

It’s important to swatch colors in your space before committing.

Before you go…

So, you’ve found the perfect paint color, but here’s the thing – there’s another big decision you have to make: picking the right paint sheen. Seriously, the level of glossiness can totally change how your color looks on the walls and how long the paint lasts!

Check out our complete guide to understanding paint sheens.

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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