If you’re loving the dark color trend, but not ready to dive into a black, Sherwin Williams Iron Ore is a happy compromise. Read more about it here.
I feel like there are 2 types of neutral paint colors – white, light, bright and airy or deep, dark colors that can provide a neutral backdrop for pops of color.
While we have my favorite greige of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter in our house and I love the light grays like Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray or even Light French Gray, I’m really digging the trend I’ve been seeing a ton of the deep, dark grays.
Especially when Sherwin Williams announced its 2021 color of the year as Urbane Bronze. It’s stunning and I have yet to see it in a place inside or outside that I don’t love it!
But today is all about Sherwin Williams Iron Ore – the first dark gray I came across that I could actually envision in our own home. Like our living room or maybe even a bedroom refresh!
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore (SW 7069)
What Color is Sherwin Williams Iron Ore?
What I love about this color is that it’s a true dark gray. If you’ve never painted a space light gray, you may not know that grays often have a ton of blue, green, or purple undertones which can look totally different depending on your lighting.
Iron Ore is a true, deep gray with no purple, blue, or green undertones and I’m here for that.
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore vs. Sherwin Williams Peppercorn
This is hard to show in a photo graphic, but Peppercorn isn’t as dark of a gray as Iron Ore.
To me, Iron Ore seems very close to black, but the Peppercorn is a couple shades lighter of a gray.
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore vs. Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
I would say that if you like Iron Ore but just don’t like Sherwin Williams paint for one reason or another, Wrought Iron is a great option.
I will say to me it feels a bit more grey and can almost seem to have some hints of very light undertones, but it’s still very comparable.
Again, don’t rely on graphics on here or even ones you find on other sites. Get the sample in your hand, paint it on your wall, live with it for a bit.
Iron Ore In Real Spaces
What I love about this color is that even if you don’t have a lot of natural light like this playroom, it still doesn’t make the room seem super dark and dingy. Somehow it still feels super neutral which is awesome.
Painted half wall
Not ready to commit to a full room yet? How about this awesome idea from Fox Hollow Cottage where she painted an accent wall, including painting part of her door! Super modern and still brings a little drama to the space with the “black and white”.
Okay, so you’re not ready to commit to even a 3/4 feature wall. How about just painting the tile around your fireplace? I love this idea and it looks amazing against the white and wood accents she has in the space.
Painted Shiplap Feature Wall
This stopped me dead in my tracks. I love the vertical shiplap, I love the contrasting color with the Iron Ore and the white and I love the metal art she has displayed here. It’s just perfect and if you’re not ready to commit to a full wall, a small feature wall like this one could be a great compromise.
Painted Kitchen Island
Another great option to use Sherwin Williams Iron Ore is in the kitchen. Having a contrasting island can be a great way to break up the space in an interesting way, especially if your upper and lower cabinets are the same color.
Painted Interior Doors
Although I haven’t bought into the dark painted interior door trend, seeing these on Carmen’s site (as well as how easy it is to paint them) has me strongly considering doing this around here.
Have you used Sherwin Williams Iron Ore in your own home? If so, where and what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!