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The Best Black Paint Colors for Any Room in Your Home

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Moody rooms have become very popular so today I am sharing the best black paint colors that you can use in your home.

Black paint colors can be used on the walls, the doors, trim, cabinetry, and furniture. Moody rooms, such as bedrooms and dining rooms, have become very on-trend lately. Today I am sharing the best black paint colors from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.

A side by side of three different black paint colors.

Why do I choose those manufacturers? I believe they have the best paint color choices as well as the best quality of paint. If you love Lowes or Home Depot instead don’t fret! Those stores can color match just about any color from SW or BM. All you have to do is ask!

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How to know which paint color is right for you.

You can get small paint sample cans from the paint store but you will use a tiny amount of it and then you are left with the rest of the can. They don’t use quality paint for these cans. You will not be able to use it on anything else.

Instead, I recommend checking out Samplize. It’s an online store that will send you a 12 by 12-inch peel and stick piece of vinyl that is exactly the paint color of your choice. You can stick it to the wall and check the color for a few days, making sure to look at it in different lights.

When you are done move it to a different room or toss it. No mess, no fuss! It’s a great product and I highly suggest giving them a try.

The Best Sherwin Williams Black Paint Colors

Let’s start with Sherwin Williams. I love the quality of SW paint the best. Personally, I always use the Superpaint line. I do find that I love the colors of Benjamin Moore. What’s great is they can color match each other at either store!

Tricorn Black

Tricorn black is a true black with no undertones. This paint color is a great neutral and perfect for exterior doors, shutters and trim. This is quite frankly one of the most popular blacks available.

You can pair Tricorn Black with either warm toned colors or cool toned. It looks best in rooms with not a lot of natural light. Well lit rooms can make the color fall flat and not be very interesting. In those cases use it as an accent color instead of a full room color.

Source: House of Silver Lining

Iron Ore

This is another very popular paint color. It’s a very dark charcoal gray, almost black. This makes it unique because fi you are looking for something a little softer than a dark black Iron Ore is a great option.

Iron Ore has blue undertones which makes it on the cool side. If you have a room with lots of natural light you will see the blue undertones come through.

Source: House of Four


Peppercorn is the third one from Sherwin Williams I will say is very popular. These are not in order of popularity, they are all three very popular for different reasons.

Peppercorn is different from Iron Ore because it falls on the warmer side of the spectrum. It has a lot of depth which makes it a lovely black color and is why it’s so popular.


Caviar is also a neutral like Tricorn Black but has a little more brown in it. They are right next to each other on the paint swatch which means they are very similar.

This color is sophisticated, as it’s name suggests, and it looks amazing with warm grays and warmer whites.

Source: Rugh Design

Black Magic

Black Magic is a bit warmer than Tricorn Black. It has the same LRV so if you are looking for a warmer alternative this will be the best choice.

Black Magic is best used in a room with ample natural light. It’s a soft black that is pretties when used in a satin or eggshell finish.

A sliding barn door with Black Magic paint color on it.
Source: Angela Rose Home

Green Black

Green Black is a mix of black and green it’s a little bit lighter than the others from SW. It’s very sophisticated and brings a new level of class to your space.

Green has become a very popular color recently and mixing it with black just takes it to a whole new level.

Source: All Sorts Of

The Best Benjamin Moore Black Paint Colors

It’s a little hard to find a Benjamin Moore paint store. Most of the time you will find a paint store that sells BM as one of the paint lines they offer. For example, there is a store near me called Creative Paints and they offer Benjamin Moore as well as other paint manufactures.


Soot is a moody cool black and looks great with a pop of white next to it or a light colored wood tone.

A bathroom with the mirror wall in Soot and the other walls in white.
Source: Kristina Lynne

French Beret

French Beret is black with a strong blue-gray undertone. Perfect for the dark color without having to commit to a true black. Even though it has cool undertones it still plays nicely with warmer colors.

A paint swatch of French Beret.
A family room with French Beret painted shiplap on the TV wall and the other walls are white.
Source: A Thoughtful Place


Onyx is a black with hardly any undertones. It’s a perfect color as a backdrop for colorful decor. It almost acts as a neutral allowing the decor to shine.

A kitchen with Onyx on the cabinets, gold hardware and marble on the counters and backsplash.
Source: Home Bunch

Black Beauty

Black Beauty is a warm black that is similar to onyx but darker. It looks great in modern as well as traditional spaces. This color has a tremendous depth of color which will create a sense of coziness in any room.

A paint swatch of black beauty by benjamin moore.
A family room with black beauty on the walls with a teal couch, fuschia stools and a wood shuttered window.
Source: Kristina Lynn

Wrought Iron

Wrought Iron is a warm dark charcoal gray that has a softness to it. It’s definitely lighter than other blacks but when it stands alone it has a very nice depth to it. This is Benjamin Moores’s most popular black paint color by far.

Wrought Iron swatch from Benjamin Moore.
The exterior of a home with wrought iron on the siding and garage doors with white trim.
Source: Elm Drive Designs

Jet Black

Jet Black is one of the darkest blacks among the Benjamin Moore selections. It has warmer undertones which makes the home feel cozy and provides the perfect back drop for decor and furniture.

A paint swatch of Jet Black from Benjamin Moore.
A wall of cabinetry with doors that are painted jet black and have gold oversized door handles.
Source: Nyhla Haff Designs

Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore is by far the most popular paint color for interior doors. It’s a dark charcoal gray so it’s a bit softer than a true black. Because its a gray color it blends nicely with other paint colors in the home rather than being a contrast.

A front door painted in Wrought Iron.
Source: The Creativity Exchange

Other Paint Color Posts:

Black paint colors pin for Pinterest.

I hope you are inspired to use one of these best black paint colors in your home. I am finding the moody rooms are trending a lot lately and I am on the moody train for sure!

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Saturday 7th of January 2023

Hi there. Wondering which black to paint my interior doors in a log home Loads are orange in Color. Help!!


Monday 9th of January 2023

Hi Michelle! Honestly, any of these colors would work for interior doors but I think I would go with Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams. Good luck with all that orange!

Stephanie Horner

Thursday 10th of November 2022

Hi there- I am trying to figure out which black would be best with Crushed Ice in a room with a lot of light. Thank you!


Tuesday 29th of November 2022

Hi Stephanie. I would go with a darker black than a lighter one since you have a lot of light. My suggestions would be SW Iron Ore, SW Black Magic, BM Onyx, BM Wrought Iron, or BM Jet Black. I hope that helps. Get some samples and see which one looks best throughout the day and night. Good luck!


Sunday 7th of November 2021

I want to use wrought iron in arborcoat Benjamin Moore Solis stain for my cedar fences some tell me I need to prime first??? Any experience with this product ?


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

I am so sorry, I have never used this product. I would give the Benjamin Moore store a call and ask them. Sorry I couldn't be more help.


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Regarding exterior paint for shutters against firehouse red brick, beige mortar and beige tones in roof, which warm black would you recommend without Gray undertones? Thinking of using Snowbound for trim and bay window which faces north. Currently, shutters are black and trim white. Having a hard time deciding and need guidance. Kind of like BM Onyx but wonder if a SW would work.

Thank you! Corissa


Monday 30th of August 2021

Hi Corissa! I think Sherwin Williams Black Magic would be a great choice. It's a warm black color and should go really well with the brick. Good luck!

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