Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron: The Best Muted Black Paint Color
If you are looking for a paint color with some drama and boldness, Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron may be the best color for you.
It’s a muted black with grey and blue undertones that soften it up so it is not a harsh black. It is lighter than a true black, therefore it is more flexible and can be used in a wide variety of spaces. From cabinets to exteriors and window trim, Wrought Iron is a popular paint color and it’s easy to see why.
image via Architectural Digest
Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in the use of darker, bold paint colors in homes. While beautiful white paint colors are still all the rage (click here to see the top 5 white paint colors), adding drama with dark painted cabinetry or black painted windows and doors has become quite the trend. These darker paint colors add depth and style to a space and I’m loving the moodiness of how it elevates a room adding a bit of charm and character.
Let’s take a closer look at Wrought Iron and see why it’s become a favorite.
Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
As with any paint color review, LRV is a very important consideration when deciding on a paint color for your home. It tells you how dark the color is and how much light it reflects. The higher the LRV number, the lighter the paint color. For example, a white paint color would be in the 50s or higher. Therefore, Wrought Iron is on the lower end of the spectrum being such a dark color.
Wrought Iron LRV is 6.16.
It’s very dark and almost all light is absorbed. We want to be careful where such a dark is used so it doesn’t swallow a room and fall flat rather than beautiful.
If you’ve read several other of my paint color reviews, then you know just how big of a role light plays in how a paint color looks. A paint color swatch can look entirely different on your walls depending on how many windows you have (or maybe none at all), what direction the sun is facing, and time of day.
A single paint color can look different every hour of the day based on the sun. Of course rooms without any windows or natural light also greatly impacts how a paint color reads.
In this case, Wrought Iron comes to life when it gets a little natural light to bring out its best self. You can really see the depth and interest in Wrought Iron and just how pretty of color it is with a little light. It highlights the richness and grey and blue undertones. Without light, it will look nearly black.
Normally, you’d think painting all the kitchen cabinets dark would make the room feel small and closed off. But here, the cabinets look beautiful combined with light walls and ample natural light streaming in from the windows. The cabinets don’t look harsh or black at all. Instead, they are a gorgeous charcoal blue and it really pops.
The best way to know for sure how a color will look in your home is by swatching it on your walls and looking at it different times of the day. I do this for every paint color before committing! You can never be too sure and I’d rather test it than buy a few gallons and realize I don’t love it. Just buy a quart of the color for about $5 and test it on the wall with at least two coats.
Wrought Iron is also a great option for front doors, especially on light colored homes where it really stands out. Such a classic look!
What is the Sherwin Williams Equivalent to Wrought Iron?
If you’re a Sherwin Williams loyalist, there are a couple paint colors that are close to Wrought Iron BM.
A very very close, almost identical match to Wrought Iron is Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams. Its LRV is 6.15 which is .01 off from Wrought Iron. Iron Ore leans a TINY bit more black than Wrought Iron, but it’s a close equivalent.
I did a whole paint review on Sherwin Williams Iron Ore where I go in more detail, but you can see below how Iron Ore looks and it’s definitely a similar look. I used Iron Ore on our fireplace in our home and in spaces that get quite a bit of natural light, you will notice the same hint of grey blue undertones that are evident in Wrought Iron.
I hope this paint color review on Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore was helpful and that it gives you a better idea of how it looks and when it looks best!
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We are trying to decide whether Wrought Iron is too dark for the exterior of our house. We live on the CA coast, so we have sun and fog. Would Wrought Iron be too dark/foreboding on foggy days? Thanks for the great article!
Exteriors paint colors always look lighter! It’s going to be a darker home, but it’s a beautiful choice!
hello! I am trying to create a modern cottage style home. I love the modern feel but my home leans more cottage, so I’m trying to mix the two. Black gutters or Copper gutters. Pashmina front door color, black, or blue…the list goes on. I really like pashmina but might go with a copper gutter and not sure it would go well, so I’m leaning more towards Wrought Iron. Any thoughts?? Thank you for sharing your color expertise!
We have a MCM home here in So Cal, body of house is off white smooth “Santa Barbara” plaster with subtle hints of gray and very light beige in it. House has a section of very dark brown horizontal siding over cascade. Do you think either BM Wrought Iron or SW Iron Ore would look good on the wide fascia board surrounding the house? It’s a true flat roofed MCM.
You mention creamy white, so I am interested to know the color of the brick that is paired with the front door?
Hello! I am going to be painting all of our interior doors wrought iron. Which type of paint should I use? I don’t want shine, but I want to be able to wipe them clean. Thanks!
Any chance to get info on where you got this front door? I want this door and then paint it in Wrought Iron. I’ve been to 3 different door stores and I’m overwhelmed. I LOVE this door. Thank you!
Hello! I wonder what colour of hardware would go best with wrought iron transitional front door with 3 frosted glass inserts, painted on interior side as well. I have white trim around door and house (1956 bungalow) is painted BM willow (also dark) with brick lower. There is a lot going on here and I am debating between ORB and satin nickel- Said choices steered by hardware style and availability.