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The Best Black Paint Colors

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The thought of black paint may seem quite frightening to many people. You may think shades of black seem dark and unwelcoming. Consequently, this is so far from the truth. When used correctly, black paint colors can feel inviting, spacious, and not to mention sophisticated.

Welcome back! Today is going to be a frightening one.

With Halloween right around the corner, for this post, I wanted to play into the holiday a bit and make this post somewhat relatable. I guess as relatable as paint colors can be to Halloween. But you know dark, creepy, and mysterious. Am I grasping at straws here?

Regardless, today’s post is all about the best black paint colors!

Yes, black paint colors can be mysterious and dark. But they can also be elegant, sophisticated, and dramatic.

I feel like shades of black have been on the up and up and you are seeing them being used often on front doors, walls, exteriors, etc. And for good reason, these bold, dark colors are gorgeous and so dang versatile.

Believe it or not, black paint colors also have undertones that can make some lean warm and others lean cool.

The key to using black paint colors or any dark paint color is balance. If you were to paint your walls black, with dark flooring and dark furniture, the space may come off unbalanced and heavy.

The trick to incorporating them seamlessly is creating balance wherever you plan to use the color.

Benjamin Moore best Black paint colors

Black is such a striking hue and shouldn’t be discounted because it is seemingly too dark.

I don’t want you to be afraid to decorate with black so I’m sharing the best black paint colors to use for any and all of your projects.

THE BEST BLACK PAINT COLORS

These are the best black paint colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams.

If you want a superbly chic and utterly moody paint color, look no further. These shades of black are the best of the best and designer approved.

BENJAMIN MOORE BLACK SATIN 2131-10

LRV – 2.49

Black Satin by Benjamin Moore is a very popular black paint color. This color is from the blue hue family.

Black satin has a softness to it that makes it an incredibly versatile black paint color.

Meghan @meghanandmarco on Instagram painted her railing using Black Satin and it was a perfect choice. I personally think a classic black railing is so timeless and elegant.

BENJAMIN MOORE OYNX 2133-10

LRV -2.9

BM Onyx is one of the most popular Benjamin Moore black paint colors. This color is from the red hue family and that red in it gives it the slightest amount of warmth. You will see that warmth especially when you compare Onyx to another black paint color.

Briana @itstikigirl on Instagram, painted her interior door using BM Oynx and it looks like the perfect neutral black paint color.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS CAVIAR SW 6990

LRV – 3

Sherwin Williams Caviar comes from the purple/purple-red hue family. This is a soft color that has a ton of depth to it. Depending on the lighting, fixed elements, etc. in your home, Caviar has the potential to come off warmer than some of the other black colors.

Try using it in a North-facing room to reduce the warmth coming through.

I’m utterly obsessed with how Brianna themoderncolonial on Instagram, used SW Caviar on her board and batten accent wall. The black accent wall is the perfect addition to the room.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS  BLACK MAGIC SW 6991

LRV – 3

Black Magic by Sherwin Williams is an elegant and chic black paint color. It’s right in the middle of the red and red-purple hue family.

Black Magic is such a strikingly unique black paint color. Compared to some of the other black paint shades, Black Magic is a smidge warmer. It’s a shade of black that looks exceptionally beautiful in a satin or eggshell sheen.

Kelsey @shininglite88 in Instagram used Black Magic in her bedroom and it looks absolutely amazing.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS TRICORN BLACK SW 6258

LRV – 3

Tricorn Black is Sherwin Williams best selling black paint color. It comes from the purple-blue hue family. There aren’t any true notable undertones I’ve seen with Tricorn Black. Of the many times, I’ve used this popular black paint color, it has always looked like a neutral black.

I opted to go with Tricorn Black on the fireplace I built in my master bedroom. I find it to be the perfect classic shade of black to use anywhere: exteriors, doors, walls, etc.

SW Tricorn Black Fireplace

BENJAMIN MOORE BLACK 2132-10

LRV – 2.48

You get what you see with Benjamin Moore Black. It is black. This bad boy comes from the purple/blue hue family however it stays pretty neutral, not shifting warm or cool.

Black is the darkest black paint color on this list and is pretty comparable to SW Tricorn Black.

BM Black is a versatile color that will enhance any space you use it. Pair it with a crisp white like BM Chantilly Lace and you have yourself a match made in heaven.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS IRON ORE SW 7069

LRV – 6

SW Iron Ore is in the green/yellow hue family. t has a low chroma which means it is not a saturated color and you won’t be seeing any trace of the green/yellow hue family.

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore is one of my personal off-black paint colors AKA dark charcoal gray. The reason I like Iron Ore is that it’s a softer version of black yet, it still has the dark and moody feel to it.

This is a great off-black shade that never fails to please.

Molly @vintage_virginian on Instagram used Iron Ore and it’s the perfect addition to her beautifully decorated living space.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS BLACK OF NIGHT SW 6991

LRV – 4

Black of Night by Sherwin Williams is a black paint color with a blue undertone. This fantastic shade of black complements blue paint colors beautifully. It’s more of a cool-toned black compared to some of the other black paints on this list.

I love how @byebyebuildergrade on Instagram used SW Black of Night. It’s such a fun way to great an accent wall simply using paint. The other colors used were Sherwin Williams Dignity Blue, Pure White, Agreeable Gray, Waterfall, and Aquarium.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS BLACK FOX SW 7020

SW Black Fox Is such a unique black paint color. Now it’s not a true black. Its hue family is in the middle of yellow-red and red. You can see that Black Fox has a very rich brownish undertone which comes from the red/yellow hue family.

LRV – 6

If you are looking for a dark yet warm, non-black paint color, I highly suggest checking out SW Black Fox.

I love how Sarah @thelshapedhouse on Instagram, incorporated Black Fox in her living room. It gives the space a dramatic effect without going overboard or looking heavy.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS AFTER THE STORM SW 6985

SW After the Storm

LRV – 3

Sherwin Williams After the Storm is a newer paint color. It’s a part of the Emerald Designer Edition – Classic + Collected Collection.

After the storm comes from the blue, blue-purple hue family. This is a very dark color but unlike some of the others on this list, it’s a bit more saturated. This is one of the black paint colors that have a slight blue undertone to it.

I feel the Sherwin Williams was spot on with the name of this paint color, If you like a black paint color with a bit of a blue undertone, I highly suggest checking out After the Storm.

SW After the storm bedroom
via Sherwin Williams

BENJAMIN MOORE WROUGHT IRON 2124-10

LRV – 6.16

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron is another off-black paint color. It is in the blue/ blue-purple hue family. It’s soft and muted with more of a dark charcoal feel to it. If you find most black paint colors to be a bit too dark, try Wrought Iron.

Cail @caileighlangford on Instagram killed it with here she shed. The Wrought Iron on the exterior paired with the wood tones of the door is a match made in heaven.

BM Wrought Iron Shed
via

BENJAMIN MOORE BLACK BEAUTY 2128-10

LRV – 3.26

Black Beauty by Benjamin Moore is precisely what its name entails; beauty. This color comes from the red hue family which gives it a tiny bit of warmth.

The elegance of Black Beauty makes it such a fantastic shade of black to use anywhere from a front door to an accent wall in a home gym.

As proof, check out how @mango.wood.interiors painted the shiplap using Benjamin Moore Black Beauty in her remarkable home gym.

BENJAMIN MOORE RACCOON FUR 2126-20

LRV – 6.34

Raccoon Fur by Benjamin Moore is from the blue hue family. It is a gorgeous shade that screams pure elegance. This soft off-black paint color is dramatic enough to make a statement, and boy will it ever.

@3legsandagoose on Instagram used Racoon Fur and I have to say it looks awesome, It looks exactly like and soft black and it couldn’t be more perfect of a paint color.

Also, she refinished that gorgeous piece of furniture and I’m obsessed with her super sweet pup.

BENJAMIN MOORE SOOT 2129-20

BM Soot

LRV – 4.11

Benjamin Moore Sootis another absolutely stunning black paint color with a blue undertone. Any guesses of what its hue family is? Yup, blue. And thanks to those, Soot leans slightly cooler but not too cool.

Soot is a stunningly saturated gray-black color. It’s a fantastic alternative to a true black paint color.

Jess @jessbuildit on Instagram, used Benjamin Moore Soot in her office. And all I can say is wow. The high ceilings along with the ample amount of natural light pouring in through the windows allow the beauty of the paint color to shine. Also, can we just take a moment to admire how talented Jess is? She built and transformed this office herself.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SAMPLE BLACK PAINT COLORS?

Oh, I am so glad you asked!

You know how I feel about testing paint samples. You have to do it! Not sampling paint colors is one of the BIGGEST painting mistakes you can make. Never skip it!

In terms of sampling black paint colors, I prefer using Sampilze.

Instead of physically going to your nearest paint store to grab your samples, you need to try  Samplize Peel & Stick paint samples.

Why should you try Samplize?

  • Super affordable
  • Mess-free
  • Non-damaging
  • Made with real manufacturer paint
  • Displays color just like a wall
  • Environmental friendly
  • Reusable
Samplize Swatch

These peel & stick paint samples are super affordable and allow you to test a paint color in all different areas of a room without the mess of a traditional paint sample! 

 You know how I feel about testing paint colors, it’s a must! 

Don’t create more work for yourself. Order Samplize now and have them shipped directly to you.  No-fuss, no mess! Check them out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

WHAT IS THE TRUEST BLACK PAINT COLOR?

There are two colors on this list that are the truest black paint colors.

  1. Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
  2. Benjamin Moore Black

These 2 are the closest to true black paint colors. Going solely off of spectral data, both Benjamin Moore Black and Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black are pretty dang close to a no-nonsense black paint color. They are, in my eyes black.

TRICORN BLACK VS. BLACK MAGIC

I believe that comparing paint colors is always helpful when you are trying to find a color for your home. It also helps you recognize the color’s undertones.

Just for fun, let’s see how Tricorn Black and Black Magic compare to one another.

Tricorn Black vs Black Magic
  • Tricorn Black comes from the purple/blue hue family, whereas Black Magic’s hue family is in the middle of red and red/purple.
  • Black Magic is a hint lighter.
  • Tricorn Black is more of a true black in comparison.
  • Black Magic is a softer warm black paint color
  • Tricorn is the more popular color.

Honestly, both these colors are great black options. They are quite similar yet there are a few things that separate them from one another. I don’t think one is better than the other. I say if you want a true black go with Tricorn Black. If you want a slightly softer black, Black Magic is for you.

THE BEST BLACK PAINT FOR FRONT DOORS

One of the best places you can use a black paint color is on the front door. Black is a versatile paint color that complements just about any color. And when it comes to the exterior of a home it can sometimes be tricky finding a front door color to match the existing exterior. This is why choosing to paint your front door black is a fantastic option Just look how beautiful Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black looks on this front door?

how to pick a exteriors door paint color Black

Honestly, All these colors would be amazing options for your front door, however, there are 2 popular ones that tend to win most people over.

  • Black Satin – Sherwin Willims
  • Black Beauty – Benjamin Moore

When it comes to the actual type of paint to be used on the front door, the best is Sherwin Williams Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint and Benjamin Moore Aura Grand Entrance.

RECAP – THE BEST BLACK PAINT COLORS

Sherwin Williams best Black Paint Colors

As always. let’s do a quick recap of the best black paint colors

  • BENJAMIN MOORE BLACK SATIN 2131-10
  • BENJAMIN MOORE OYNX 2133-10
  • SHERWIN WILLIAMS CAVIAR SW 6990
  • SHERWIN WILLIAMS  BLACK MAGIC SW 6991
  • BENJAMIN MOORE BLACK 2132-10
  • SHERWIN WILLIAMS TRICORN BLACK SW 6258
  • SHERWIN WILLIAMS IRON ORE SW 7069
  • SHERWIN WILLIAMS BLACK OF NIGHT SW 6991
  • SHERWIN WILLIAMS BLACK FOX SW 7020
  • SHERWIN WILLIAMS AFTER THE STORM SW 6985
  • BENJAMIN MOORE WROUGHT IRON 2124-10
  • BENJAMIN MOORE BLACK BEAUTY 2128-10
  • BENJAMIN MOORE RACCOON FUR 2126-20
  • BENJAMIN MOORE SOOT 2129-20

FINAL THOUGHTS – THE BEST BLACK PAINT COLORS

Moody, dark, dramatic, bold, full-bodied, classic, timeless, are all terms that can be used to describe black paint colors.

Black is a color that meshes well with any decor style, no matter what it is. It’s a classic color that will stand the test of time.

Overall, every color on this list is amazing. Whether you are looking for a softer black like Black Satin or an off-black like Iron Ore, one will surely fit the bill. I truly believe you can not go wrong with any black paint color.

Embrace the dark side and explore the wonderful world of black paint colors.


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Cheryl Finkbeiner

Thursday 21st of October 2021

Loved this about black paint! You’ve inspired me to do an interior accent wall. When we painted the exterior of our home, I chose SW Tricorn Black as major accent color with SW Cityscape body color and SW Extra White for the trim. We get compliments from the neighbors a lot. Thank you for your fun, inviting articles on paint colors! ;)

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