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URBANE BRONZE vs. IRON ORE, PORPOISE, & 6 TOP GREIGE PAINT COLORS

Posted on June 5, 2023 by KylieMawdsley
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COMPARING URBANE BRONZE vs. PEPPERCORN, DRAGON’S BREATH, THUNDER GRAY & MORE

In the underworld of dark greige paint colors, there’s only one leader: Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. But just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s the BEST greige for your space.

So how do you KNOW?

You compare. Comparison is the best way to find the best shade for your walls, cabinets, front door, or exterior. So while we reviewed the ins and outs of Urbane Bronze in its color review, today, we’re looking at similar colors that are making a run at the title.

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze vs. best greige paint colors, Iron Ore, Peppercorn, Porpoise. Kylie M Online Paint color consulting and Samplize peel and stick

But first, let’s touch base with LRV and how it relates to dark paint colors.

Every paint color has an LRV number. This number (on a scale of 0-100) tells you how light or dark a paint color is – 0 is black, 100 is white.

In our USEABLE paint world, we only go down to the mid-2’s, Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. The colors below fall between 6 -13, making them medium-dark to dark paint – but not quite black.

1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS URBANE BRONZE vs. IRON ORE

What’s the BIG difference between Urbane Bronze and Iron Ore? DEPTH. But depth isn’t the only thing; there’s a shift in temperature as well, so let’s check the deets.

  • Urbane Bronze has an LRV of 8; Iron Ore has an LRV of 6. This lower LRV means that Iron Ore is DARKER than Urbane Bronze (Iron Ore is more of a soft black).
  • While both are warm colors, Urbane Bronze has a more noticeable greige-green undertone/warmth. Iron Ore’s warm green undertone is FAR more passive and less warm.
  • Both colors are popular for kitchen islands, front doors, and accent walls (they’re also great on stair railings!).
  • On an exterior, Iron Ore acts as a soft black, whereas Urbane Bronze DOESN’T act like a black – it looks like a dark greige

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Comparing differences between Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze and Iron Ore, Samplize peel and stick and Kylie M Online paint color consulting

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KYLIE M’S FAVE COLOR

Urbane Bronze has my heart (and a place on my kitchen island and stair railings). This isn’t to say I don’t love Iron Ore in the right place (when I need a soft black), but Urbane is usually my fave choice. If you want a bit more depth and less undertone, Iron Ore could be a contender!

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore Paint Color Review

2. URBANE BRONZE vs. PORPOISE

These two shades are pretty popular and pretty similar. This is because they live on the same color strip in the fan deck! However, there is one big difference -LRV.

  • Porpoise’s LRV is 13, making it a medium-dark color, whereas Urbane Bronze’s LRV of 8 makes it a DARK color.
  • Both colors have similar degrees of warmth and a green undertone.
  • Urbane Bronze is generally more popular, whether it’s for a front door, exterior, kitchen island, or interior walls.

Sherwin Williams Porpoise vs Urbane Bronze, best greige paint colors. Samplize peel and stick, Kylie M Online paint color consulting expert

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KYLIE M’S FAVE COLOR

Again, Urbane Bronze is the winner winner chicken dinner! The depth of Urbane Bronze puts it on the podium, whereas the slightly softer look of Porpoise doesn’t always give me a look I’m going for. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a slightly lighter approach to greige, Porpoise is a shade lighter than Urbane Bronze and could do the trick.

Sherwin Williams Porpoise Paint Color Review

 

3. URBANE BRONZE vs. BLACK FOX

While I love Black Fox, I don’t refer to it NEARLY as often as I do Urbane Bronze (in my Online Paint Color Consulting). Why? Let’s find out!

Similiarities between Urbane Bronze vs Black Fox, best greige paint colors. Kylie M Online Paint Color Consulting and samplize peel and stick

  • Black Fox has an LRV of 7, so it’s a smidge darker than Urbane Bronze’s LRV of 8. This isn’t a deal-breaker by any means.
  • Both colors are warm. However, Black Fox has more brown in it. While brown (and beige) is coming back, right now, greige is a more popular shade.
  • Black Fox has a more saturated, richer look compared to Urbane Bronze.
  • Both colors are used on exterior trim quite often. Black Fox is rarely used on a kitchen island because of the degree of brown in it.
  • Urbane Bronze is a popular cabinet/island paint color for those with granite countertops from the early 2000s and homes with a Tuscan-style palette.

Sherwin Williams Black Fox vs Urbane Bronze, comparing undertones. Kylie M Online paint color consulting, Edesign. Samplize Peel and Stick paint samples. Best greige paint colors

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KYLIE M’S FAVE COLOR

Insert awkward silence HERE…why? Because once again, Urbane Bronze is my fave option. Black Fox usually has a bit too much brown/saturation to suit the types of finishes I’m coordinating with. But this doesn’t mean it won’t work for YOUR home, so make sure you compare the two!

 

4. URBANE BRONZE vs. THUNDER GRAY

Urbane Bronze and Thunder Gray are kissin’ cousins! However, while Thunder Gray is a wink lighter than Urbane Bronze, there’s one BIG difference that separates the two…

  • Thunder Gray’s LRV is 9, a touch lighter than Urbane Bronze’s 8.
  • The big difference between these shades is the degree of color (CHROMA). Thunder Gray is a greige-green, just like Urbane Bronze, but Thunder Gray has a more noticeable green hue.
  • Urbane Bronze is the more popular color, likely due to its passive undertone.

Comparing differences between Sherwin Williams Thunder Gray and URbane Bronze. Kylie M Edesign, Samplize peel and stick, best greige paint colors

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KYLIE M’S FAVE COLOR

Long story short, every single time, Urbane Bronze will be my favorite – that’s why he’s the boss. Thunder Gray is GORGEOUS, but I only use it when I want to see a bit more green coming through.

 

5. URBANE BRONZE vs. SEALSKIN

I rarely refer to Sealskin in my Online Color Consulting, in fact, I’ve only suggested it one time (in 8000+ consults, whereas I’ve suggested Urbane Bronze hundreds of times). Let’s find out why it may or MAY NOT be the color you’re looking for…

  • Sealskin has an LRV of 6, making it more on par with Black Fox (for comparing), as it’s DARKER than Urbane Bronze, although it depends on what you want to use it for.
  • Sealskin is WARMER looking than Urbane Bronze with a more saturated brown.
  • These colors are similar as they harbor a green undertone.
  • Urbane Bronze tends to suit more interior and exterior finishes than Sealskin, making it a more versatile color.

Sherwin Williams Sealskin compared to Urbane Bronze, differences by Kylie M Interiors, online paint color consulting, Samplize peel and stick

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KYLIE M’S FAVE COLOR

I’ll be honest; I don’t even like Sealskin. This doesn’t mean it can’t be the color for YOU, but I can always find an option I like better for myself or my clients.

 

6. URBANE BRONZE vs. DRAGON’S BREATH

Urbane Bronze and Dragon’s Breath are VERY similar, and I love comparing the two!

  • The LRV of Dragon’s Breath is 9.18, to Urbane Bronze’s 8. This makes Dragon’s Breath a bit LIGHTER than Urbane, although, to eyeball the two, they look pretty darn similar.
  • Dragon’s Breath is a bit warmer and richer than Urbane, with a slightly more noticeable green undertone.
  • Urbane Bronze tends to be the more popular of the two, whether for cabinets, islands, front doors, walls, or exteriors. Why? They both do the same job; Urbane Bronze is just a bit more muted in its approach.

Benjamin Moore Dragons Breath vs Sherwin URbane Bronze, best greige paint colors, shade comparison with Kylie M online paint color consulting and SAmplize peel and stick

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KYLIE M’S FAVE COLOR

You guessed it! Urbane Bronze for the win. Dragon’s Breath can be just a touch too muddy for some finishes; however, comparing the two will help you see which is best for you (in other words, you don’t need to humor the crazy lil Ginger ALL the time).

Find Dragon’s Breath quick review HERE

 

7. URBANE BRONZE vs. PEPPERCORN

If you’re wondering how similar Urbane Bronze and Peppercorn are, you’re REALLY looking at a wild range of colors. Let’s find out the key differences between these two bad boys…

  • The LRV of Peppercorn is 10, so it’s a shift LIGHTER than Urbane Bronze’s LRV of 8.
  • Urbane Bronze is WARMER than Peppercorn, and that’s because…
  • Urbane Bronze lives in the GREIGE world; Peppercorn is based in the GRAY world.
  • Peppercorn can have a mild green undertone and a touch of violet that can pop through sometimes. On the other hand, Urbane Bronze is committed to green and nothing else.
  • Peppercorn can be an odd choice for a kitchen island due to its unpredictable undertones, whereas Urbane is more consistent. As for front doors, the same applies. In all, while these two shades are both dark neutrals, they’re going in opposite directions.

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze greige vs gray Peppercorn. Differences and similarities. Kylie M Interiors Online paint color consulting & samplize peel and stick

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KYLIE M’S FAVE COLOR

Comparing these two is like comparing apples to oranges. Sure, they have a similar shape (both being darker colors), but they don’t taste at ALL the same. Peppercorn is an interesting solution when I need a slightly more gray-based color with a vague, almost stormy warmth. Urbane Bronze is the choice when I need some definite warmth and a green undertone.

But I still like Urbane Bronze better.

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn: Paint Color Review

WHAT GREIGE IS DARKER THAN URBANE BRONZE?

It depends on what you consider greige. Sealskin is too brown to be greige. Iron Ore is too close to black and not warm enough. This means that Urbane Bronze is the darkest greige paint color.

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze on painted wood island, orange hue wood floor, granite countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy and update ideas

If you want a bit more depth, ask your paint store to darken it by 25%. Just note that with some types of paint, they can’t, as the gallon will already be full of tint (being such a dark color already).

WHAT COLOR IS A SHADE LIGHTER THAN URBANE BRONZE?

Sherwin Williams Porpoise is lighter than Urbane Bronze, as is the ever-lovely Anonymous.

Small powder room, bathroom with Bellingham CAmbria quartz countertop and Sherwin Williams Anonymous paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint expert

Sherwin Williams Anonymous: Paint Color Review

WHAT COLOR IS CLOSE TO URBANE BRONZE?

Benjamin Moore Dragon’s Breath and Sherwin Williams Thunder Gray are the most comparable to Urbane Bronze in undertone and intention (being greiges).

Benjamin Moore Dragons Breath painted exterior siding, chartreuse green front door, cream trim. Kylie M INteriors edesign

Benjamin Moore Dragon’s Breath exterior

See reviews on both of the above colors in the blog links below!

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Comments

  1. I’m a huge fan of Urbane Bronze and have used it numerous times. In fact I painted my barn in Urbane Bronze and it’s a stunning against the colors of nature!

  2. Hi Kylie,

    I’ve been following you lately on all your social media channels and you’re fantastic! I’ve especially been trying to understand your blog on the best wall colors to work with my inherited St Cecilia granite and dark espresso cabinets with light blonde (yellow) wood floors. The previous owner painted all sorts of colors throughout the house. Bright yellow, reds, tans, golds… I’m looking to bring some calm and I loooove warm toned colors but have too much. Would you do me the honor of specifically stating the best options as my ADHD and other learning disabilities are keeping it a secret to me. 🤞sorry to ask but it’s necessary for me. Good thoughts! A new fan 💝

    Kathy

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      Hey Kathy, I’m JUST catching up on my comment section – i definitely got behind! I was just flipping through and your mention of ADHD caught me, as I also have ADHD. I would check out BEnjamin Moore Navajo White, Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream, Sherwin Williams Casa Blanca – these are all LOVELY warm, but calm colors (I’ve lived with the first two, personally!).

      I hope this helps!~

  3. Hello Kylie
    Could you do an online consultation if I only have the pictures onZillow? I haven’t closed yet. Thanks Joan

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      Yup, I can do consults off Zillow. I mean, IDEALLY, I would close-ups of the finishes, but many of my clients have just purchased a home and don’t have those available :).

  4. Kylie, I really enjoy your posts on color. I think this is the first place I heard about samplize, and I’ve ordered several samples from them!

    It beats my prior method of getting paint samples, and painting them on posterboard.

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      WAHOOOOO, I love to hear this – they’ve TOTALLY changed how i sample and explore colors too – I was tired of doing poster boards!!!

  5. I wanted to use Urban Bronze and Iron Ore, but they just weren’t enough for our already too gray house. Thunder gray and Tricorn black helped. No we didn’t pick the cabinets or flooring! When we bought the house, all of the walls and ceiling were an Agreeable Gray knockoff with a knockoff White Dove trim. So gray and not enough light. We painted the walls Alabaster, but I felt a need for an accent wall. The kitchen island is Gossamer Veil with inside alcove walls Drift of Mist. They were the only colors that didn’t clash with the cabinets. I still dislike the counter and cabinets but they don’t stand out as much now.

  6. Hi Kylie,

    I’ve been looking at Urbane Bronze for awhile now to paint the exterior of my ranch style home. I’m just a real chicken when it comes to using dark colors. After having read your post, I’m one step closer to doing it. Thanks. Nina

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      Awesome! It really is a stunner. If my home suited it, I’d do it for SURE! If you bite the bullet, I’d love to see it all done! Actually, if you want me to get my QUICK eyeballs on it, for a quick YES OR NO, why don’t you send me a few photos. Full frontal and maybe slightly close-up – kylie@kylieminteriors.ca

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