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Sherwin Williams Peppercorn vs Iron Ore: Let’s compare

Looking for the perfect soft black paint color? Let’s compare Sherwin Williams Peppercorn vs Iron Ore to see which might be perfect for your home!

Black paint colors are popular for trim, doors, furniture, exteriors, and any time you want to make a bold statement.

However, when painting something black, often you don’t want a true black color – that could be super harsh on the eye. Instead, a soft black is a little easier to decorate with.

Two of the most popular colors in this category are Sherwin Williams Iron Ore and Peppercorn.

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SW Iron Ore ve Peppercorn

Iron Ore vs Peppercorn

These are both very popular, soft black paint colors. By “soft black”, I mean that they are very dark and would look black to the naked eye – until you put them next to something really and truly pure black.

Then you will notice that they are a touch lighter and have a bit more color to them.

What is similar about Iron Ore vs Peppercorn?

These are both very dark, almost-black paint colors that are popular, especially for doors, trim, and exteriors.

What is different about Iron Ore vs Peppercorn?

Iron OrePeppercorn
RBGR:67 G:67 B:65R:88 G:88 B:88
UndertonesWarm toned, slight green and chocolateNeutral, slightly cool but not blue


LRV measures the depth of a color, and the closer to 0, the darker it is. With an LRV of 6, Iron Ore is slightly darker than Peppercorn (LRV of 10).


The biggest difference between these colors is in undertone. Peppercorn is more of a very very dark slightly cool charcoal. Iron Ore, on the other hand, is more of a deep chocolate brown.

How do I decide between these two colors?

Look around your home or room. Do you use cool tones? Choose Peppercorn. Do you use warm tones? Choose Iron Ore.

Remember that lighting will majorly effect and amplify tones.

For example, a warm toned paint + warm lighting (such as south-facing windows or bright natural light) will look MORE warm, more brown.

A cool toned paint + cool lighting (such as north-facing windows or LED artificial bulbs) will look MORE cool/gray/blue.

However, when you mix a warm color + cool light, or a cool color with warm light, they kind of cancel out and appear more neutral.

All that to say, swatch swatch swatch, look at your samples day and night. Lighting makes a HUGE difference.

It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to make sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.

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Sherwin Williams Peppercorn color palette

sherwin williams peppercorn paint color palette

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore color palette

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