Sherwin Williams Iron Ore is a very popular dark charcoal gray. With a light reflective value (LRV) of 6. It’s very dark, which is why it’s so important to sample the color before making a final decision.
Iron Ore works well indoors as an accent wall color, cabinet color, furniture color, and it even looks good when it’s painted as an accent color on a fireplace. Iron Ore is also a very popular exterior color. It looks great when it’s used on the body of a house or on trim and/or garage doors.
It pairs well with natural materials like stone and light colored wood. It also pairs well with gold, antique brass and silver hardware.
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Is Iron Ore a black paint color?
As you can see in the picture above, while Iron Ore is a dark paint color, it should not be considered black. In a well lit space, this color can look silky smooth as the undertones come forward. Typically, Iron Ore has gray/brown undertones. However, it’s important to remember that the lighting in your room will make a HUGE difference on how the color looks. To learn more about how lighting and LRV impact paint colors, make sure to check out my article that explains this in depth.
Interior Examples of Iron Ore:
Exterior Examples of Iron Ore:
Have you heard about Samplize?
If you’re trying to pick paint colors, you’ll most likely want to sample the color first. Samplize offers peel and stick samples. These samples are easy, MESS-FREE, and affordable.
A few reasons that I love Samplize:
- You can order online, and samples are delivered right to your doorstep! No need to venture out to the paint store during a pandemic!
- The samples are much more cost-effective. You won’t have to purchase a paint sample, poster boards, AND brushes, that people typically use, for paint samples. You’ll save yourself time/energy and money!
- If you want to try samples in different rooms, don’t peel and stick the sample. That way you can hold it up and move it around.