In this article, we’re going to take an in-depth look at Iron Ore by Sherwin Willaims. This paint color is one of my all-time favorites! Iron Ore is a dark and rich paint color with complex undertones. We’ve used it on several projects, including our own home, and absolutely love the results we’ve gotten with this paint color.
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore SW 7069 has become very popular over the past few years. We’ve been noticing people using it on interior accent walls and more so on the exterior of homes. However, just because a paint color is popular doesn’t mean you should automatically follow the trend. You should learn more about the paint color. Take a look at some examples of how it’s used, and then order some samples to try out in your own home.
What is the LRV of Sherwin Williams Iron Ore?
Iron Ore has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 6. This very low value means it is a very dark color. Remember LRV is measured on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white. So understanding how dark this paint color is should help you make a decision on if it is right for your home.
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore Undertones
Iron Ore can be described as a very soft black or dark gray, but it does have undertones. On the exterior, you may see hints of navy or green. However, I have also seen Iron Ore pick up some warm tones when used on the exterior of a home. Of course, visible undertones are heavily influenced by the surrounding light.
Where to Use Iron Ore?
If you want to go dark, Iron Ore is a great choice. It would be amazing in a moody home office. If I was doing this, I would use it on the walls in a flat finish, and also on the trim and doors in a semi-gloss finish. Iron Ore is also a great color to use on kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities. Using it on an accent wall is also a good way to add some moodiness to a room.
I think Iron Ore from Sherwin Williams really shines on a home’s exterior. As I mentioned above, dark exteriors have become very popular lately. Is it a trend that will fade away at some point? I’m not sure, but I do love the look! Iron Ore can be used on the entire exterior, or only on certain sections of the home. An Iron Ore exterior looks especially good with black windows, but can also work with white windows.
We used Iron Ore on our two-story back porch railing and trim work as you can see in the photo above. It paired very well with Sherwin Williams White Duck, which we used on the rest of the house. We also convinced my sister to paint her detached garage in Iron Ore, and it turned out so well!
Is Iron Ore Black?
Even though Iron Ore might be referred to as a “black” paint color, it is definitely not black. In certain situations or lighting, it can appear black, but it is really more of a soft black or dark gray.
What are Some Similar Colors to Sherwin Williams Iron Ore?
If you’re interested in Sherwin Williams Iron Ore but you’re not sure if it’s the right color for you, here are some similar colors that you might like:
- Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
- Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
- Sherwin Williams Peppercorn
- Benjamin Moore Nightfall
All of these colors are similar to Sherwin Williams Iron Ore in terms of darkness and richness. If you’re looking for a slightly lighter color than Iron Ore, Peppercorn or Kendall Charcoal might be a good option for you. Or if you want a color that’s just as dark as Iron Ore but with more brown tones, Urbane Bronze could be the right choice. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s sure to be a similar color that will suit your needs.
Sample Before You Paint
Before you invest money in gallons of paint, it’s extremely important that you sample several paint color options first. You can do it the old-fashioned way, which is time-consuming and messy. Or you can use Samplize to order large peel-and-stick paint samples with accurate color representation.
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore is a beautiful, rich dark gray that can make any space feel more sophisticated. It’s versatile enough to be used on the interior and exterior of your house, and it pairs well with both light and dark colors. If you’re looking for an elegant paint color with plenty of character, then look no further than Sherwin Williams Iron Ore!