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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.

One of the most popular black paint colors is Sherwin Williams Iron Ore.

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


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!

SW iron ore

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



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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iron ore kitchen

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
iron ore dining room

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
iron ore living room
iron ore living room by DesigningVibes

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:

iron ore exterior

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.

iron ore living room

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.

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze vs Iron Ore

These are both super dark, moody paint colors. They’re both really flattering, beautiful colors that work well in many spaced. But, set them side by side and you will see the differences!

Iron Ore is darker and more black than Urbane Bronze. So, if you really want black, Iron Ore is more likely to give you what you want.

If you decorate with cool accents – crisp white, blue, or other cool tones – Iron Ore is going to be easier to incorporate. The very warm tones of Urbane Bronze could clash. Iron Ore, on the other hand, can usually play well with warm toned accent colors.

SW urbane bronze vs iron ore

Read my full comparison of Iron Ore vs Urbane Bronze here!

Peppercorn vs Iron Ore

SW Iron Ore ve Peppercorn

These colors are similar at a glance. However, Iron Ore is slightly darker and more chocolate brown (warm toned) while Peppercorn is cooler.

Click here to read my complete Peppercorn vs Iron Ore comparison.

Before you go…

Looking for the perfect black paint color but not sure that Iron Ore is perfect for you? Be sure to check out our list of the best black paint colors for your home!

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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