Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze: a dark velvety greige
When Urbane Bronze showed up as the Color of the Year, I wasn’t surprised at all – it’s like I picked it myself! With its depth, undertones, and range of uses, it’s a GREAT color to try out – which should be the goal of any Color of the Year; it should get people excited to paint SOMETHING!
So, let’s dive into this bad boy and see if he could work for you!
IS URBANE BRONZE GREIGE, BROWN OR GRAY? WARM OR COOL?
Urbane Bronze is one of the more GLORIOUS WARM GREIGE paint colors. What sets it apart is its depth and undertones, both of which we’ll cover shortly.
If you have a north-facing space, Urbane Bronze can fall that bit more into gray while still holding a luscious passive warmth. However, if you have south-facing or afternoon western light, Urbane Bronze will lean into its warmth, picking up a subtle richness. I friggin’ love this color.
WHAT’S THE LRV OF URBANE BRONZE?
Urbane Bronze has an LRV of 8, so while it’s not THE darkest color, it’s definitely getting down there. The LOW LRV of Urbane Bronze puts it on the slightly darker end of the DARK range – however, it’s not close to being black.
What is LRV? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
WHAT ARE URBANE BRONZE’S UNDERTONES?
While Urbane Bronze has a GLORIOUS greige base, it does have a reasonable green undertone to consider.
Before, this entryway was a bit too standard…
After, it has depth and personality with the trim, sidelight, transom window, and front door painted a striking Urbane Bronze…
Read more: The Best Paint Colors for Your Front Door
SAMPLING URBANE BRONZE WITH PEEL & STICK (SAMPLIZE)
Like with every paint color, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!
Learn all about Samplize HERE
WHICH WHITE TRIM COLOR GOES WITH URBANE BRONZE?
Urbane Bronze is pretty flexible regarding coordinating white paint colors so it would depend on the application. Generally speaking, I would look at…
IS URBANE BRONZE A GOOD COLOR FOR EXTERIOR SIDING OR TRIM?
Heck, yes, Urbane Bronze can be awesome on the exterior, but you need some warm tones in your roof and flexible stones and/or brick to support the warmth and the green undertone.
IS URBANE BRONZE A POPULAR SHADE OF GREIGE?
Yes, in the DARK world, Urbane Bronze is reasonably popular, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. What is Urbane Bronze great for? I think the question is, what ISN’T it great for?!
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IS URBANE BRONZE GOOD ON KITCHEN CABINETS?
Definitely, Urbane Bronze can be just what you need if a standard darker gray paint color isn’t warm enough for your countertop and backsplash.
Before, this kitchen was dated, with late 90s and early 2000s finishes…
After, with Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze as the foundation, this kitchen is 10x better!
See it ALL HERE
WHAT COLOR IS CLOSE TO URBANE BRONZE?
GOOD QUESTION! While there will never be a perfect color match, there are a few similar shades, making them great for comparison.
- Benjamin Moore’s Dragon’s Breath
- Sherwin Williams Ironclad
- Sherwin Williams Porpoise
- Sherwin Williams Thunder Gray
- Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, which is darker than Urbane Bronze but has a subtle warm green undertone
Urbane Bronze vs. 6 TOP GREIGE Paint Colors (including the colors listed above!)
REMEMBER, comparison is key to finding the best paint color.
WHAT PAINT COLORS GO WITH URBANE BRONZE?
It’s not hard to coordinate with Urbane Bronze, as he’s pretty darn easy to please.
- Urbane Bronze doesn’t love to be partnered with many cooler light gray paint colors
- This dark greige loves other greiges, including medium and light-depth versions
- many warm gray paint colors, especially those with a passive green undertone
- You can also check out some muted, neutralized cream paint colors as well as off-whites
Not sure if Urbane Bronze is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2020, UPDATED IN 2023