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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Iron Ore SW 7069

Posted on August 19, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

Is Iron Ore the Best BLACK for you? LRV, Undertones & More

Whether it’s on exteriors, cabinets, doors or feature walls, black is DEFINITELY on-trend. But regardless of trends, you need to figure out whether black actually SUITS your home, and the best way to do that is with research. So, let’s begin our little spelunking journey into Iron Ore (get it?)!

Paint review of Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, soft black paint colour, best for exteriors, trim, feature walls, cabinets, front doors and more. Kylie M Interiors Edesign.

In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality photos I need or the RIGHT photos, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

Is Iron Ore a TRUE BLACK? 

Heck no, but that doesn’t mean it can’t ACT like black in the right situation, especially if there isn’t a true black around to be directly compared to and the room is DARK enough. Iron Ore is actually a SOFT black, which we’ll talk about under the LRV section.

In this first photo, Iron Ore looks pretty darn black until you compare it to the DOG, then you see that wink of softness (apologies for the murky quality photo, but it gives you the idea)…

Interior front door painted Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, Kylie M E-design, red oak flooring. Agreeable Gray paint colour, white trim

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However, when DIRECTLY COMPARED to black, you can see the softness of Iron Ore…

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, best dark black paint color in home office with Ikea. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultation

What’s the LRV of Iron Ore?

Iron Ore comes in with a WHOPPING LRV of 6, so it’s certainly not the blackest black out there, but it’s thinking about it. For example, Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black has an LRV of 3. TRUE BLACK is 0, however, in the paint world, we don’t have access to that, with our blackest options coming in around 2.5.

Exterior with red brick. Paint colours Sherwin Williams Dovetail and gauntlet gray with Iron Ore front door and white trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant

Iron Ore is on the shutters

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

Does Iron Ore have undertones?

Yes, Iron Ore DOES have undertones, but they are damn tricky. On exteriors, Iron Ore tends to lean into a very slight green undertone – but not always. On interiors, I’ve seen this same vague green undertone come up a bit more consistently on walls.

Alabaster, White kitchen, Alabaster, Island Sherwin Iron Ore, Viatera Aria, Sandbar. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint color consulting. Kitchen remodel

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HOWEVER, on cabinets, it can look slightly MORE green due to the satin sheen of the paint. Just keep in mind, that I’m pretty anal about these things and you very well MIGHT just see it as soft black!

What’s the best way to sample Iron Ore or any paint colour?

Like with every paint colour, 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

What’s the best white paint colour for my trim if my walls are Iron Ore?

Oh, the world is your oyster, which white do you WANT? Personally, I love the slightly soft approach of Pure White, but also love the crisp contrast of High Reflective White. Keep in mind that whites with a slightly stronger yellow/cream undertone could enhance the green undertone in Iron Ore.

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Is Iron Ore a good exterior colour for siding, front door or trim? 

Yes, Iron Ore is a great exterior colour, as long as it suits the finishes on your home (roof/stone/brick). Again, that subtle green undertone CAN pop up here and there, but it’s not usually committed.

Front door exterior painted Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, Mink siding, Alabaster trim. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consultant

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Are there any paint colours the same as or similar to Iron Ore?

Sadly, no, Iron Ore is really a creature unto itself. Similar dark colours pick up more blue (Wrought Iron) or go too warm (Iron Mountain). And even if you colour match, you can fully expect to see shifts in undertones, temperature, and depth.

What type of paint colours look good with Iron Ore?

When it comes to Iron Ore, it’s ALLLLLL about the undertone…

  • avoid colours with blue undertones (gray or otherwise)
  • only partner Iron Ore with a violet undertone if it’s a WARM violet, not a cool one
  • Iron Ore loves earth-tones and many off-white paint colours for contrast


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Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!

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