If you are looking for a dark or black paint color, you’re probably planning on painting shutters, a door, or maybe an accent wall. There are plenty of dark paint colors out there, but one of the most popular is Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.
What Color is Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams?
Even though it might seem obvious, Tricorn Black is a black paint color. When people ask this question, I think they are more concerned about visible undertones. But Tricorn Black really doesn’t have any undertones. It is a very neutral paint color. You won’t see any hints of brown or warmth, and you won’t see any hints of blue or coolness. This is what makes this paint color so versatile and why it’s able to work so well with other colors.
What is the LRV of Tricorn Black?
Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black has an LRV of 3. But this probably isn’t surprising if you know what LRV means. If you don’t, here is a brief explanation about what it is and what it measures.
LRV or Light Reflectance Value is a measure of how much light is reflected by a surface. It’s measured on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is pure black, and 100 is bright white. The higher the LRV, the more light is reflected. Keep in mind that the LRV of a surface can also be affected by texture and finish. For example, a glossy surface will have a higher LRV than a matte surface. That’s why semi-gloss trim will appear brighter than a wall painted the same color but in a flat finish.
Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black (SW 6258) Stats
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Where to Use Tricorn Black
Since Tricorn Black is a neutral paint color, you can really use it anywhere. You could even paint an entire room with this color. For example, if you are trying to achieve a moody home office, this would be an excellent choice. But I would only recommend doing this if the room gets a lot of natural light.
If you’re not into painting an entire room with Tricorn Black, you can always do an accent wall or a fireplace.
Interior and exterior doors are also great places to use this paint color. It’s an excellent way to add pops of contrast to your home.
I’m a huge fan of dark kitchen cabinets. So I think using Tricorn Black on kitchen cabinets is a great way to create a dramatic effect in a home’s most important room!
if you’re into dark exteriors, you can use Tricorn Black on your entire house for a dramatic look. You can also use it on your garage doors. It creates a beautiful pop of contrast, as you saw in the photo at the top of this article.
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore vs Tricorn Black
To give you an idea of how dark Tricorn Black is, let’s compare it to another popular dark Sherwin Williams paint color, Iron Ore. As you can see, with an LRV of 6, it is quite a bit lighter than Tricorn Black. And Iron Ore has some navy and subtle green undertones. We used Iron Ore on the back porch of our current home.
Sherwin Williams Caviar vs Tricorn Black
Caviar is another very dark paint color. It has an LRV of 3, like Tricorn Black, but I think it appears just a tad lighter. It can also have some subtle brown or warm undertones in certain lighting situations. So if you are looking for a black paint color with a little warmth, you might consider Caviar over Tricorn Black.
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.
To wrap things up, we’ve learned that Tricorn Black is a neutral black paint color that is very dark. In fact, it is Sherwin Williams’ darkest color. We’ve used it on garage doors and shutters, but you can also use it in entire rooms or even exteriors. So if you’re looking to add some dramatic contrast or moodiness to your home, you should take a long look at this color.