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Sherwin Williams Iron Ore: a complete color review

Looking for a deep charcoal gray paint color? Let’s talk about Sherwin Williams Iron Ore and if it might be the perfect color for your home!

Black paint is a dramatic and modern choice. While you might not paint all of your walls black, it’s fantastic for an accent wall, a piece of furniture, doors, trim, or the exterior of a home.

Let’s talk about Iron Ore and if it might be the right color for your home!

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore paint color guide

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore

Iron Ore is really a soft black – or a very deep charcoal gray. However, it reads as black in many situations and can be easier to decorate with than a true black.

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Color Family

Iron ore is in the black color family.

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Light Reflectance Value

6

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 6, Iron Ore is VERY dark! However, it’s not as dark as Tricorn Black, with a LRV of 3!

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RGB Colors

R:67 G:67 B:65

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

#434341

Undertones

In warm natural light, Iron Ore can have slightly green undertones. This really appears outside in the sunlight on home exteriors.

Since it’s a soft, warm black, it can also sometimes read as slightly chocolatey brown. It also has charcoal or gray undertones – but in a warm toned way.

In general, Iron Ore will look more charcoal in bright spaces and more true black in low-light rooms.

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

  • Kitchen or bathroom cabinets
  • Doors
  • Trim
  • Home exterior
  • Accent wall
  • Furniture
  • Walls of a room you want to feel cozier
  • Creating a focal point such as a fireplace

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Similar Colors

  • SW Armory
  • SW Clove
  • SW Darkroom
  • Behr Oil Shale
  • Behr Charcoal Gray
  • Benjamin Moore Notre Dame
  • Valspar Noir

Coordinating Colors

Iron Ore pairs best with other colors with warm undertones. Avoid blues and other cool toned colors.

Light warm grays:

Bold warm colors:

  • Pottery Urn
  • Whole Wheat
  • Renwick Olive
  • Red Barn
  • Uber Umber
  • Coral Clay
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Trim Colors

You can pair Iron Ore with a bright white trim for a high contrast, crisp look, or with a creamier white for a slightly softer vibe.

Bright white trim colors:

  • Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Sherwin Williams Extra White
  • Behr Ultra Pure White

Soft white trim colors:

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore color palette

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Sherwin Williams Iron Ore FAQs

Does Sherwin Williams Iron Ore look green?

Iron Ore can read as slightly green in warm lighting. This includes natural light.

Is SW Iron Ore black?

Iron Ore is a light, soft black paint color.

Does Iron Ore paint look blue?

Iron Ore doesn’t read as much blue as it does green.

Does Iron Ore go with agreeable gray?

Iron Ore and Agreeable Gray are both warm toned and coordinate nicely.

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What is one shade lighter than Iron Ore?

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn is a similar deep gray color that is slightly lighter than Iron Ore.

Does Iron Ore go with accessible beige?

Iron Ore and Accessible Beige are both warm toned gray colors and coordinate nicely.

Iron Ore vs Peppercorn

Peppercorn has an LRV of 10, which compared to Iron Ore’s 6, so Peppercorn is a slightly lighter and more gray color.

Iron Ore vs Urbane Bronze

Urbane Bronze has an LRV of 8, so it is slightly lighter than Iron Ore. Urbane Bronze also has a bit of green to it, but it reads a little more brown than Iron Ore.

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