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
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.
Iron ore 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 6, Iron Ore is VERY dark! However, it’s not as dark as Tricorn Black, with a LRV of 3!
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!
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.
- Kitchen or bathroom cabinets
- Home exterior
- Accent wall
- Walls of a room you want to feel cozier
- Creating a focal point such as a fireplace
- SW Armory
- SW Clove
- SW Darkroom
- Behr Oil Shale
- Behr Charcoal Gray
- Benjamin Moore Notre Dame
- Valspar Noir
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
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.
- Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Sherwin Williams Extra White
- Behr Ultra Pure White
- Sherwin Williams Alabaster
- Benjamin Moore White Dove
- Behr Cameo White
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.
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.
Peppercorn vs Iron Ore
These colors are similar at a glance. However, Iron Ore is slightly darker and more chocolate brown (warm toned) while Peppercorn is cooler.
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