Best Black Paint Colors by Sherwin Williams

Learn how to choose the best black paint colors for the interior of your home. This post will show you black paint options from Sherwin Williams. Black paint can be warm, cool, moody, timeless and classic.

Finding the right black paint will make all of the difference in creating a room you truly love. Black magic is the best color for our home.

Bathroom painted black walls close up of hanging basket under window

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Learning to paint a room top to bottom is the best DIY skill to have in my opinion. It gives you the ability to makeover a room on a small budget. Knowing how to choose the right paint and color, will have you loving your new found skill.

Black paint in home decor can take a room to a whole new level. It’s one of the colors I use in our entire home paint color palette. After painting my lower kitchen cabinets black almost 2 years ago I know how hard it is to choose the best black paint color.

My love for black on walls started in a kitchen makeover but truly escalated with the black bathroom walls.

Handy Tip

If saving money and starting a project fast is your style, learning how to paint a room from top to bottom is a skill you’re going to want to know. Even if you are a beginner, knowing how to paint a room is the best way to a new look quick.

Sherwin Williams Black paint examples

  • Urbane Bronze SW 7048
  • Black Fox SW 7020
  • Black Magic SW 6991
  • Tricorn Black SW 6958
  • Domino SW 6989
  • Inkwell SW 6992
  • Iron Ore SW 7069

Black paint has a reputation that it will make a room feel smaller and closed in. While it can create a moody vibe in a room it can also expand a space.

Black absorbs light so it allows your eye to see past it. This is why I love black paint in rooms with windows. When a room with windows is painted black you get the true meaning of bringing the outside in.

Window Box with DIY Wood Shutters painted Sherwin Williams Black Fox
Sherwin Williams Black Fox DIY Wood Shutters

Light Reflectance Value

Light reflectance value or LRV as you will see it written when describing paint is the measure of how much light is reflected from or absorbed into a painted surface. On a scale of 0-100, pure white is 100 with pure black being a zero.

  • Urbane Bronze LRV8
  • Black Fox LRV7
  • Black Magic LRV3
  • Tricorn Black LRV3
  • Domino LRV3
  • Inkwell LRV3
  • Iron Ore LRV6

Each paint color is assigned an LRV number. You can see from the above list of Sherwin Williams black paints, the LRV varies slightly. The closer to zero the number, the closer to pure black.

What makes black paints cool or warm depends on how much red, green and blue are added.

There is much to considered when searching for a black color paint. These examples in this post are a good range and will help you get started.

Don’t skip this step!

The number one way to guarantee you get a paint color that misses the mark, is to skip the sample step. Don’t make that mistake.

Be sure to sample your paint colors.

What to consider when choosing black paint colors

Black paint undertones

Don’t let the word black fool you. There are so many shades of black and the undertone in each particular color can totally change a room. The very best way to see undertones are to sample the paint in the room you will use it. This will give you the best look.

Natural light will be the determining factor in how much of the undertone that you see most. Daylight, nighttime and lamps all play a part in this as well.

Gather paint swatches of black that catch your eye and lay them out together, you will start to see undertones of the paint. Some will look more brown while others more blue and gray. This will help you choose which black you would like to sample in your home.

Be sure to lay the paint chips on a neutral or white surface. This will keep the colors truest.

Best Black Paint Colors: Seeing the undertones.
A few of my favorite Sherwin Williams black paint colors:
Urbane Bronze, Black Fox, Black Magic, Tricorn Black, Domino, Inkwell, and Iron Ore

Where to use black in your home

Whether you want to go bold or subtle with black paint in your home, there are so many options to add it to your space.

  • walls
  • ceilings
  • trim work
  • furniture
  • stair railings
  • doors

Black can ground a space when painted on an accent wall. The wall behind a bed or a fireplace wall are both great places for a black accent wall.

Black walls in bathroom door view
Kitchen Makeover One Room Challenge Reveal of painted cabinets

When I told you all about the mistake of painting my lower cabinets black many of you chimed in saying how much you loved black cabinets. I still love black cabinets when I see them in photos. The black in my kitchen turned out to be the wrong choice.

Black Paint graphic with bathroom black magic walls

What happens if you don’t like the black paint

If you don’t like it, you can change it! Just keep in mind, painting over black paint with a lighter color will take more work. You will more than likely need to prime first then paint it a few coats of the new color just to hide the black.

I personally never shy away from trying a color for that reason. Paint is one of the cheaper things you can do to completely change a room. My kitchen makeover with black is the prime example. I lived with my black lower cabinets for a while but decided they were not for me.

Hope these tips will help guide you in planning your next paint project.


  1. I love the black paint ideas!
    Can you paint over travertine on a fireplace? I would love to try changing it to black.

  2. It’s funny because when I see two tone cabinets in photos, I love them. Yours look great. I have had the tile for about 10 years so I just painted around it because it is still really nice but you’re right, it was just too much going on.

  3. I LOOOOVE my two tone cabinets and it has been a year!! You do have a lot going on in a small area with all the different tones. I wonder if had you either chose a color in the tiles to paint cabinets or stuck with a tile that is simpler it may have sat better with you. I love all that you do, and I cannot wait to see what you do next to them. The most important thing in decorating is that YOU LOVE it!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!
    Here is mine : Black and BM Timid white!

  4. I love black accents – I now want to paint stools black. Lol

  5. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to paint a room black, but it looks so beautiful!

  6. I’m obsessed with the idea of a black ceiling! Thanks for the tips – it’s tough to choose a great black paint.

  7. I love your black kitchen cabinets! I’m sorry you aren’t! But you have to be happy. Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas!

  8. I love the black cabinets! Its amazing how many different shades of black there are. The undertones make a huge difference in how it will look in your room. Loved this post.

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