Sometimes, it’s the dark colors that brighten up our lives!
One such instance is Sherwin Williams Iron Ore that is a pure and very rich, dark gray charcoal paint color that continuously proves its sophistication and elegance over and over again!
It is clean and crisp with apparently no undertones at all!
Oozing utmost luxury in a space, Iron ore is a shade lighter than Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, Caviar, Black Magic, and Inkwell.
If you are looking for a perfect dark gray neutral with charcoal shade, I must say there is no better option than Sherwin Williams Iron Ore.
I absolutely LOVE the look of Iron Ore on walls.
However, it is one of the dark and most daring colors on my list.
Regardless of the glam and luxe, this color has its own baggage of repercussions and conditions.
You simply can’t use it ANYWHERE and HOWEVER, you feel like!
But you need not worry.
I have got your back!
I am going to be sharing some major secrets of using Iron Ore in your homes that will definitely make you go “wow”!
So, are you ready?
Let’s get started!
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore SW 7069 Details and Specifications
Each color comes with its own theories and schemes!
If you are new here, let me tell you – there are quite some facts and scientific terms that you would want to acquaint yourself with.
It is important to analyze these values and then determine where, when, and how to use these wall paints!
First and foremost, one of the most important terms that I usually see getting ignored is Light Reflectance Values (LRV)!
Every color has an associated Light Reflectance Value!
For Iron Ore, the LRV is 6!
Which is whopping dark!
Remember, the lower the value, the darker the paint color is!
And vice versa!
This is almost a soft black with dark gray undertones – hence, most of the light is absorbed by this color, and little is reflected away – thus, leaving the color to be very dark!
Moving ahead, let’s discuss the RGB and HEX Values of the color.
Red = 67
Green = 67
Blue = 65
HEX Value = #434341
I am not going to bore you with these scientific details anymore.
Let’s talk about the practical aspects of Iron Ore!
How Does Iron Ore Feel in a Space?
Iron Ore as a focal point makes your space feel elegant and sophisticated
I must say, DARK and DINGY!
Provided if you don’t properly use the color!
Long story short, this color has quite some terms and conditions. When used in accurate amounts, it will never disappoint you.
Due to its low reflectivity, the color may seem very dark in a space.
Hence, if you want to make a space look smaller, Iron Ore could be your best solution.
It is a NO-NO if you already are struggling in a small space! But if you would still like to use it, try to pair it with lighter tones and make it an accent!
BTW, this color is a great option for creating a focal point!
How Does Light Affect the Color?
Blogger Leanna from Life by Leanna paints one wall in Iron Ore to create a perfect contrast
It is true that light highlights the actual saturation and shade of the color!
The more natural or artificial light entering the home – the brighter your space will be (regardless of the LRV of the wall paint)!
For Iron Ore, most of the color is absorbed meanwhile a little is reflected away!
Thus, making your room feel darker and smaller.
So, even if you don’t have ample natural light, try to incorporate artificial lighting to balance out the proportion!
This color may seem medium to dark grey with ample natural light and almost blackish in absence of light.
Can you relate where to use this in your homes?
What are the Coordinating Colors for Sherwin Williams Iron Ore?
You need to balance this dark and daring color with other lighter shades!
Wondering what they should be?
Well, I have a few recommendations for you here!
You could choose either from monochromatic or contrasting themes!
For monochromes, I highly recommend choosing the following paint colors to create a cohesive look!
- Ice Cube SW 6252
- Pure White SW 7005
- Colonnade Gray SW 7641 – see full review here
These colors will promise a bold and authentic look, for sure!
However, if you are looking for a touch of pop in your space and not everything too black, gray, and white, I recommend adding shades of yellow, orange, and red to balance the temperature!
Some of them are –
- Enticing Red SW 6600
- Butter Up SW 6681
- Knockout Orange SW 6885
Remember to use only one of these accents with the above monochromatic palette!
For the trims and moldings, I recommend choosing Sherwin Williams High Reflecting White!
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore Vs. Similar Colors
This is one of the hardest questions.
There are so many colors that look exactly like Iron Ore that I myself get caught up in confusion most of the time.
Even though they look similar, they still could make up to great alternatives.
Sherwin Williams Peppercorn and Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze are the closest cousins of Iron Ore!
Iron Ore Vs. Peppercorn
A shade lighter than Iron Ore, Peppercorn has an LRV of 10! (See my Peppercorn review here).
With grey undertones, this color could make for a perfect lighter alternative in your homes.
Peppercorn is more like a dark-gray shade that hardly looks black unlike the Iron Ore that frequently tends to look Black!
Screens could be deceiving, so I recommend you buy real-time swatches and samples to experience the actual color differences in natural light.
Iron Ore Vs. Urbane Bronze
Color of the year, Urbane Bronze has a perfect crisp look that every home craves.
With an LRV of 8, this color too is a lighter shade of Iron Ore!
This color has slightly deep green undertones which can be very well visible in ample light!
Regardless of the design style, it is a given that Urban Bronze will never disappoint you.
Where to Use Iron Ore in Homes?
Whether you have a Farmhouse, Contemporary, Modern, or Glam design style, Iron Ore can definitely make up to it at every level.
But are you wondering where to use it?
Well, I can say ANYWHERE!
As far as you pair it opposite lighter shades and materials – there is no harm in using the color.
Let’s discuss how to incorporate Iron Ore in Homes.
Iron Ore in Living Rooms
Brighter upholstery neutralizes with Iron Ore in this Living Room
What a beauty it will be!
You can use Iron Ore on the focal wall or the wall with fireplace to best streamline the color!
Use lighter shades like off-whites, whites, greys, and greiges to make the most of this color.
Use neutral upholstery and brighter throw pillows to add a sense of depth to your living room.
For the floors, lush hardwood or wall to wall carpeting is definitely a YES-YES!
Iron Ore in Kitchens
Shelby from Farmhouse Living styles her Farmhouse style kitchen using Iron Ore on the island cabinets
There have been quite a few times that I have recommended this paint color on the walls of the kitchen.
If you have an open concept, spacious kitchen – why not?
Paint the cabinets in pure white and use grey or white backsplash alongside white marble to neutralize the looks!
For further accents, you can use gold or brushed steel pull handles and black focal lighting!
Iron Ore in Bedrooms
Katie over at Little House of 4 shows off her incredible bedroom makeover
Like I say, bedrooms are the most personal spaces you have!
If you prefer a charcoal type dark gray paint – go for Iron Ore and pair it opposite golds and whites to receive the best appearance!
You can use distressed style white furniture frames or walnut polished furniture!
To create harmony, make sure your upholstery is white or off-white!
Iron Ore in Exteriors
Iron Ore is going to further look lighter in the exterior façade of your home.
Many homeowners up in the north do use the color on their home shiplap walls!
And you too can.
Pair them with white or off-white trims and decorative moldings!
It is timeless so, regardless of the type of stone finish – your homes are going to look FABULOUS!
So, are you excited to paint some Sherwin Williams Iron Ore in your homes? Well, do let me know in the comments below as I would love to hear from you!