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Sherwin Williams Peppercorn vs Urbane Bronze: let’s compare

Trying to decide between Sherwin Williams Peppercorn vs Urbane Bronze? Let’s compare these two popular paint colors to see which might be perfect for your home!

Light, bright, neutral paint colors are popular. But, sometimes you want something dark and moody.

Two of the most popular colors in this category are Sherwin Williams Peppercorn and Urbane Bronze.

Read my full review of Peppercorn

Read my full review of Urbane Bronze

Peppercorn vs Urbane Bronze

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze vs Peppercorn

What is similar about Peppercorn vs Urbane Bronze?

Urbane Bronze and Peppercorn are both very dark gray paint colors. Some people consider them to be black, but really they are slightly light to be considered black – more of an off-black.

These colors are both great options for trim, doors, exteriors, and accents in your home. They’re both super popular for a reason!

What is different about Peppercorn vs Urbane Bronze?

While these colors have a lot in common, when you put them next to each other you can see their differences.

PeppercornUrbane Bronze
RBGR:88 G:88 B:88R:84 G:80 B:74
UndertonesNeutral, slightly cool but not blueGray and slight warm green undertones


LRV measures the darkness, or color depth, or a color. The lower the number, the darker the color.

With an LRV of 10, Peppercorn is slightly lighter compared to Urbane Bronze.


Undertone is the biggest difference between these two shades. Urbane Bronze is much more brown, while Peppercorn is cooler.

Peppercorn really reads like a charcoal gray, while Urbane Bronze is more… bronze! and really like a deep dark brown/gray.

How do I decide between these two colors?

Take a look at the existing colors and tones in your home. If you choose cool colors – icy grays, blues, crisp whites – go with Peppercorn.

If you prefer warm tones – gold, brown, yellow, orange, tan or taupe – go with Urbane Bronze!

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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Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze color palette

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Paint Color Palette Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze

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