Are you looking for a paint color that blends style and dramatic statement? Would you like to project neutral sophistication in your rooms? Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze could be an ideal solution.
When looking for paint colors to use in my interior design projects, I always aim to find one that transforms the space from barely functional to WOW. Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze carries enough depth, interesting undertones, and a soul, allowing me to create inspiring spaces.
To surprise you, I am not the only person who feels deeply attached to Urbane Bronze SW 7048—in 2021, Sherwin Williams crowned Urbane Bronze the color of the year. This gesture by Sherwin Williams tells you that the paint color has a lot to offer.
In this detailed guide, I will explore everything there is to know about Urbane Bronze. I will show you the best coordinating colors, trim colors, and more. Read on to learn how to create unique spaces with Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze.
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What Color is Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze?
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Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is a greige paint color. It is a brownish-gray paint color that is rooted in nature. Looking at Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze evokes a down-to-earth tranquility and a subtle sophistication that is hard to beat.
RGB of Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
The RGB scale allows interior designers to determine the amount of red, green, and blue in a specific paint color. The lowest value on the scale is zero, while the highest is 255. Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze combines red: 84, green: 80, and blue: 74.
LRV of Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
LRV stands for Light Reflectivity Value. This scale runs from 0% to 100% and indicates the light a specific paint color can reflect. At 0, you have pure black, which reflects 0% light. At 100, you have pure white, which reflects 100% light. Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze sits on the dark edge of the LRV scale with its LRV of 8.
Is Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze a Cool or Warm Paint Color?
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is a warm paint color. Urbane Bronze fits in nicely in a cool northern-facing room, balancing the coolness. However, in a warm, south-facing room, Urbane Bronze can be slightly overwhelming as its warmth can combine with the warm light, creating a case of an overheated room.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Undertones
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze has a greige base characterized by gray and beige as the primary tones. In some lighting conditions, it is not uncommon for Urbane Bronze to look brown-gray. Under the greige base, Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze does feature some green undertone.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Color Strip: Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Color Comparisons
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze vs. Iron Ore (SW 7069)
Both Sherwin Williams Iron Ore and Urbane Bronze feature a greige base. However, the gray in Iron Ore is much more than in Urbane Bronze, which gives Iron Ore a more dark gray charcoal-like appearance. Moreover, while Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze does carry a visible green undertone, Sherwin Williams Iron Ore is more reserved in its undertones, having a very slight green undertone.
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore and Urbane Bronze fall on the darker end of the LRV scale. However, Iron Ore is slightly darker than Urbane Bronze—Iron Ore has an LRV of 6, while Urban Bronze reflects 2% more light with an LRV of 8.
While Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is a warm paint color, Iron Ore is more of a cool paint color. The gray in Iron Ore’s greige combination creates a cool feel. However, Iron Ore will feel more neutral in most spaces.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze vs. Black Fox (SW 7020)
While Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is a greige paint color, Black Fox is a black color boasting vibrant brown undertones. While some interior designers will often label Urbane Bronze a brown-gray paint color, Black Fox is more of a black-brown option.
Sherwin Williams Black Fox and Urbane Bronze fall on the warm side of the color scale. These two paint colors’ warmth promises a dignified and cozy feel. Both colors are an excellent addition if you want a darker paint color that adds sophistication and beauty to your space.
These two colors are very close on the LRV scale. While Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze reflects 8% light, Black Fox follows it closely with an LRV of 7. The two paint colors are deep enough to add character to any space. However, because of their low LRV, you will want to use the two paint colors in a room with bright light to reduce the risk of creating a bland look.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze vs. Peppercorn (SW 7674)
Sherwin Williams Peppercorn is a dark gray paint color that shares numerous similarities with classic charcoal. While Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze boasts a brown-gray appearance, Sherwin Williams Peppercorn has an almost black look, although it is a dark shade of gray.
Unlike Urbane Bronze, which boasts some green undertones, Peppercorn surprisingly does not feature undertones. The lack of undertones is one of the reasons interior designers love Peppercorn—the paint color adds a luxurious factor to spaces without bringing distracting undertones into the room.
Unlike Urbane Bronze, which is a warmer paint color, Sherwin Williams Peppercorn is a balanced paint color. Peppercorn is 50% cool and 50% warm in most lighting conditions. However, the color is cool by default.
Sherwin Williams Peppercorn is slightly more reflective than Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. While Urbane Bronze has an LRV of 8, Peppercorn has an LRV of 10.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze vs. Sealskin (SW 7675)
Sherwin Williams Sealskin and Urbane Bronze boast the same shades—the two colors combine brown and gray. What separates Urbane Bronze from Sealskin is that Sealskin is browner than gray. Urbane Bronze has gray as the main shade and brown as an undertone.
Like Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, Sealskin boasts a refined, sleek, and welcoming look. Both Sealskin and Urbane Bronze are warm paint colors. However, the brown shade is more in Sealskin than in Urbane Bronze—this shade makes Sealskin warmer than Urbane Bronze.
Sherwin Williams Sealskin and Urbane Bronze sit on the darker end of the LRV scale. However, Sealskin is slightly darker than Urbane Bronze. While Urbane Bronze reflects 8% of light, Sealskin reflects 6% of light.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze vs. Annie Sloan Graphite
Graphite by Annie Sloan is an exciting paint color that closely matches Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. Annie Sloan Graphite, however, is a soft charcoal black paint color, while Urbane Bronze is more of a brown-gray paint color.
Graphite by Annie Sloan and Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams sit on the lower end of the LRV scale. The paint colors absorb more than 90% of the light. For this reason, these paint colors will create a bland look if you use them in a dim room. The two paint colors in a bright room display their whole personality.
Annie Sloan Graphite and Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze sit on the warmer side of the color scale. Therefore, they will work well in a room with a sense of cool. In a warm room, the warmth in them can make the room feel uncomfortable.
What Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze?
One thing that makes Urbane Bronze interesting is its ability to pair nicely with other paint colors. Below I will show you the trimming and coordinating colors that consistently produce a stand-out look with Urbane Bronze.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Coordinating Colors
Sherwin Williams Shoji White (SW 7042)
Remember, Urbane Bronze is a dark paint color. Therefore, a more reflective paint color, Like Sherwin Williams Shoji White, brightens a room and reflects more light onto Urbane Bronze.
Sherwin Williams Shoji White is one of the best-selling colors in the Sherwin Williams catalog. One of the reasons Shoji White is a best seller is that it is a light neutral paint color that is exceptionally versatile and elegant. It works nicely with Urbane Bronze (and other colors) to create a fantastic look.
Shoji White boasts an LRV of 74. The color reflects 74% of light onto Urbane Bronze, allowing it to display its full character.
Shoji White belongs to the yellow hue family. For this reason, you should expect it to bring warmth into your space. Since Urbane Bronze is also a warm color, the best way to work with these two paint colors is to use them in a room with cool light—for example, a northern-facing room—to avoid overwhelming your space with extreme warmth.
Sherwin Williams Extra White (SW 7006)
Sherwin Williams Extra White is another impressive option that brings a tone of reflective abilities into your room. Extra White has an LRV of 86—reflecting 86% of light onto Urbane Bronze; Sherwin Williams Extra White works to eliminate a bland look when the light in a room reduces.
Sherwin Williams Extra White, unlike Shoji White, is a clean and crisp paint color. It does not feature undertones that make it warm or cool. For this reason, Extra White will not affect the temperature in your room.
Since Extra White sits on the higher end of the LRV scale while Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze sits on the lower end, these two colors create an interesting contrast when paired in a room.
Sherwin Williams Ivoire (SW 6127)
Sherwin Williams Ivoire could be an excellent pairing color if you use Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze in a cool room with bright light. Ivoire is a medium-light, creamy shade that lends a warm glow to any setting.
Combining Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze and Ivoire will bring enough warmth to balance your cool room, creating a comfortable space. It is, however, worth noting that these two colors may be misfits for an already warm room. The two may make your room so warm that it becomes uncomfortable.
Sherwin Williams Ivoire has an LRV of 64. While it can stand on its own in dim rooms, when you pair it with Urbane Bronze, which has an LRV of 8, you will want your room to be brighter to avoid creating a bland look.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Complementary Colors
If you want to create a highly contrasting look with Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, you may like to introduce a complementary color into the space. Urbane Bronze and its complementary color will have the most significant difference when you observe the two colors side by side. On the color wheel, Urbane Bronze will sit opposite its complementary color.
The complementary color for Urbane Bronze has a hex value #ABAFB5. Currently, #ABAFB5 does not have an official paint color name.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Trim Colors
If you are confused about what paint colors to use on your trims when working with Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, you shouldn’t be. This paint color is versatile and works perfectly with decors of different colors. Below are some options I have used in the past:
Sherwin Williams Modern Gray (SW 7632)
Sherwin Williams Modern Gray is a warm gray paint color that leans more on the taupe side. The paint color boasts an LRV of 62. Modern Gray is medium light, meaning it will not wash out in the bright light needed to allow Urbane Bronze’s personality to shine through.
Sherwin Williams Modern Gray is a warm paint color, just like Urbane Bronze. For this reason, you will want to combine these two colors in a cool room to avoid creating extreme warmth in your space.
Modern Gray behaves like a chameleon, adding more interest to your trims. The paint color favors a pink undertone. However, the pink undertone is so subtle that it allows Modern Gray to grab violet and green undertones.
Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray (SW 7043)
When used on walls, Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray is notorious for creating an impressive backdrop to any room. When used on trims, the paint color has a similar effect, allowing your trims to pop in a way that makes them unignorable.
While it is easy to assume that Worldly Gray is a basic gray paint color, this is not the case. Worldly Gray is a greige paint color that combines beige and gray to create an exciting paint color with a creamy look.
As you would expect, Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray’s creamy look creates a warmth you cannot ignore on your trims. This warmth makes Worldly Gray an impressive trim color when working with Urbane Bronze in a cool room. In a warm room, Worldly Gray and Urbane Bronze might make your space feel warmer than ideal, creating a discomfort feeling.
Worldly Gray and Urbane Bronze do have matching undertones. The two colors have green as their primary undertone, although Worldly Gray adds more interest to your trims with an additional violet undertone.
Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray has an LRV of 57. It is a medium-light paint color that will maintain its character in a room with bright light often needed to ensure Urbane Bronze shows its entire personality.
Sherwin Williams Believable Buff (SW 6120)
Sherwin Williams Believable Buff is an attractive tan paint color that straddles the line. Believable Buff is warm and creates perfect warming trims in any space.
If you haven’t seen Believable Buff before, you can think of it as a wood floor for your wall. The paint color will add a cozy feeling to your trims without taking the attention away from Urbane Bronze on your walls. Believable Buff plays nice with the textures and undertones in Urbane Bronze, ensuring your space has a more balanced look and feel.
If you are worried that your trims will lose their character if you use a bright light to keep Urbane Bronze from losing its character, Believable Buff is an excellent option. Believable Buff has an LRV of 59—this LRV allows the paint color to retain its essence in the brightest light.
What Is Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze in Benjamin Moore?
If you intend to try Benjamin Moore while maintaining the look offered by Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, you should consider using Benjamin Moore Dragon’s Breath.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze and Dragon’s Breath are very close on the RGB Scale. Benjamin Moore’s Dragon’s Breath combines red: 85, green: 81, and blue: 74, and Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze combines red: 84, green: 80, and blue: 74.
The two colors are also pretty close on the LRV scale. While Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze reflects 8% light, Benjamin Moore Dragon’s Breath reflects 9.18%.
How Does Light Affect Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze?
By default, Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is a warm paint color. A warm southern light makes the paint color lean more on its warmer brown shade. In a cool room welcoming northern light, the paint color leans more on the cooler side, looking more neutral.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze sits on the darker end of the light reflectivity scale with an LRV of 8. The paint color may look bland in a room with minimal light, losing its hue to look black. In a room with bright light, Urbane Bronze displays its full character.
Best Rooms to Use Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Exterior
The above house leverages Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze on the exterior, creating a fascinating earthy look. The gray and brown undertones seem more balanced, although the gray does shine more. If you are wondering about the best Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze exterior trim, the above house clearly shows that white makes exterior trims stand out when working with SW 7048.
The above house seems to have gone full dark shade on the exterior. Everything, including the Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze exterior trim, is dark paint. Urbane Bronze on the walls showcases its green undertone, allowing it to connect with nature and create a more exciting look.
The above house shows another compelling use case for Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze exterior. To make the whole house pop and look more interesting, the owner has used white on the Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze exterior trim. Gray seems to be showing more than brown in the above house, with the green undertone in Urbane Bronze also coming into the picture to add interest.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Bedroom
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is paired nicely in the above bedroom with attractive white and off-white paint colors. The light in the bedroom makes Urbane Bronze display its entire personality, with both brown and gray visible. Also, a slight green undertone is visible on the bedroom wall.
While you can use Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze on all the walls in your bedroom, it also performs exceptionally well when you use it as an accent. In the above bedroom, the owner has used a creamy off-white on the other walls and added Urbane Bronze to make the entire space feel cozy and moody without appearing too dark. The owner has also added interest with the board and batten wall.
The above bedroom is unique—the designer has played with colors to create something that takes you back to nature. The green on the bed blends in well with the Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze green undertone. The white paint on the trims creates interest, while the gold accessories make the bedroom more exciting.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Garage Door
In the above house, Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze makes the garage door stand out from the rest. However, the garage door does not seem to have access to enough light. For this reason, the garage door looks darker than it is in real life. Urbane Bronze has lost some of its personality to the low light.
The above building is an exciting display of what a Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze garage door would look like if it had access to enough light. The above garage door shows the gray-brown look of Urbane Bronze. Moreover, the tiny sprinkle of green undertone shows.
In the above home, the garage door looks more nature-inspired. The brown gray on the garage door connects the house to the earth below it. The above home has an attractive design, combining dark grays, slightly creamy off-whites, and some exciting doors and trims featuring Urbane Bronze.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Front Door
Since Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is more of a neutral paint color, it coordinates exceptionally well with other paint colors and works impressively for door color if your home is stone- or brick-side or has gray, white, or cream on the walls. This is the case for the above Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze front door. Urbane Bronze adds a moodiness to the door without being so bold that it gets in the face of the visitors—instead, the color makes your front door look more welcoming.
This exciting look was created by combining a white trim and Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze on the door. The paint colors on the door and the door frame pair nicely with the light green-gray on the walls and the brownish floor.
In the above house, Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze makes the front door stand out in an environment surrounded by white paint. The brown-gray on the front door coordinates nicely with the white color to create a contrasting look. The floor is a lighter version of the door, boasting a less saturated brown-gray that matches the front door.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Cabinets
When used in the kitchen, Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze always plays an exciting role in kitchen cabinets. In the above kitchen, Urbane Bronze on the cabinets makes the kitchen stand out. Urbane Bronze pairs nicely with the grayish floor and the white ceiling, creating an impressively beautiful view.
This is another excellent look at Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze cabinets. However, since the light in this kitchen is a little bit low, the cabinets look slightly darker than they are in real life.
In the above kitchen, the Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze cabinets stand out from the other colors in the room. The white on the ceiling and the window trims add interest, while the wooden floor makes the entire space look homely and appealing.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is a dark paint color that prefers bright rooms. Urbane Bronze adds a cozy, welcoming feel to a room with enough light. However, the paint color can lose its character in a room without enough light, looking dark and bland.
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is quite versatile and works with many coordinating colors. The paint color is relatively neutral and works with white, off-white, and creamy colors. However, Whites and off-whites are my preferred option, allowing me to create an attractive contrasting look. Because of its versatility, Urbane Bronze allows new interior designers to experiment more.
I hope this detailed guide has answered your questions about Urbane Bronze. If you have additional questions about this paint color, let me know in the comments below.