Sherwin Williams Iron Ore

The Complete Guide


Sherwin Williams Iron Ore (SW 7069) is a rich, very dark gray that is absolutely stunning (and popular) on home exteriors. It’s also a solid pick for accent walls and cabinets.

Undertones of Iron Ore

Iron Ore tends to look like a soft black (and at some angles, almost a true black) when paired with pure white trim and light wood finishes.

Undertones of Iron Ore

In a room with a warm color palette, you’ll clearly see that it’s a gray. Most of the time, it looks like a true dark gray, and sometimes the pigmentation looks downright creamy.

LRV of Iron Ore

Iron Ore LRV = 6


LRV = Light Reflectance Value: Rated 0-100 with 0 being pure black, and 100 being pure white.

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black is dark enough to be considered a true black. It has an LRV of 3, so it’s just a few degrees of separation from pure black. It’s very saturated and free of undertones and is a popular pick for doors and accent walls.

Let's Compare Iron Ore...

Peppercorn's LRV of 10 makes it noticeably lighter than Iron Ore, and might be a great choice if black if too stark for you. Peppercorn will give you a hearty level of drama but with a bit of softness.

It’s very difficult to distinguish Wrought Iron and Iron Ore from each other with the naked eye, even when placed side by side. In my opinion, along with being just a touch darker, Iron Ore is a tiny bit warmer and richer than Wrought Iron.

Tip: As a self-proclaimed “frugalista”, I recommend buying a few paint samples of your top choices and using them to paint your swatches. It’s so much cheaper than buying gallons of paint!

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