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Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect black paint color? Let’s talk about Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black and if it might be perfect for your next project!

Picking the perfect paint color can be rough. You might think that if you narrow it down to black, it’s easy.


There are SO MANY shades of black to choose from. They each have slightly different undertones, giving them totally different looks when placed next to each other.

This is why it’s so important to swatch and sample paint colors in your actual space.

Today I want to chat about Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. This is one of, if not the, most popular black paint colors. Let’s dive into what makes it so fabulous!

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black paint color guide

Tricorn Black SW 6258

Tricorn Black is considered an extremely neutral, true black paint color. It does not have strong undertones. This means that it holds its color in different lighting.

The lack of undertones makes this a super safe choice for those looking for a true black paint color.

This is a popular color for trim work, doors, and accent walls. It can be used on home exteriors but usually smaller homes, since it reflects so little light it can look like a big black void.

Click here to get a peel and stick sample of Tricorn Black.

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Color Family

Tricorn Black 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 under 3, Tricorn Black is one of the darkest black paint colors that Sherwin Williams offers.

RGB Colors

R:47 G:47 B:48

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



Tricorn Black has very little undertone, making it a true black. If anything, it skews as slightly warm.

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.

Click here to get removable peel & stick paint samples to easily swatch with!

Best uses

Black paint colors are in general a bold choice for interiors. I like them being used for:

  • Trim, paired with white walls
  • Interior doors
  • Accent wall
  • All of the walls of a powder room
  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Exterior on a smaller house

Similar Colors

  • SW Caviar
  • SW Black Magic
  • Benjamin Moore Black
  • Behr Limousine Leather
  • Farrow & Ball Pitch Black
  • Valspar Cracked Pepper

Coordinating Colors

Being a neutral, true black, Tricorn Black is super easy to layer into nearly any color palette. I personally like to pair it with slightly warm grays for neutral layers and mid century modern inspired colors for more of a pop.

Warm grays:

Mid century modern colors:

  • Baked Clay
  • Harvester
  • Dutch Blue
  • Parisian Patina
  • Carley’s Rose
  • Fired Brick
  • Ember Glow
  • Eye Catching
  • Mild Blue

See the whole Mid Century Modern Sherwin Williams color palette here!

Trim Colors

Tricorn Black is neutral enough that you can pair it with either a bright white or a soft white trim. Keep in mind the vibe you are going for.

Do you want high contrast, crisp colors? Go bright white. Do you want something softer and cozier? Go soft white!

Bright white trim colors:

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

Soft white trim colors:

Tricorn Black color palette

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black paint color palette

Tricorn Black FAQs

Is Tricorn black a true black?

Tricorn Black is the truest black paint color that Sherwin Williams offers.

Does tricorn black look blue?

Tricorn Black has a blue or violet hue. However, it will only look blue in a north-facing room or room with very cool, such as LED, lighting.

What is the prettiest shade of black?

The prettiest shade of black will depend on your preferences and the lighting in your space.

Some of the most popular black paint colors are:

Paint ColorLRV*Warm/CoolUndertones
Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black2.45WarmNone
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore6.00CoolCharcoal, Blue
Sherwin Williams Caviar3.00WarmBrown
Sherwin Williams Black Magic3.00WarmRed
Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron6.16CoolCharcoal, Blue

What color goes best with tricorn black?

Tricorn black is neutral enough to pair with any color palette. For a soft look, pair with warm grays. For bold colors, look to mid-century inspired color palettes.

What is the most popular Sherwin-Williams black?

Tricorn Black is consistently one of Sherwin Williams’ most popular black paint colors.

Peppercorn vs Tricorn Black

SW tricorn black vs peppercorn

These are both very dark paint colors that are considered “neutral” and do not have heavy undertones that lean any particular way.

The biggest difference between these colors is in the Light Reflectance Value, or the color depth. That brings us to the main difference – Tricorn Black is really black, while Peppercorn is a deep charcoal.

Click here to read my complete Peppercorn vs Tricorn Black comparison

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.

Learn more about the Paint Color Formula here!

The best way to sample paint? Samplize!

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