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If you are looking for a paint color with a beautiful bold dramatic finish, Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron (2124-10) might be the color for you!

A beautiful exterior photograph of a home painted with Wrought Iron with white sides and brown beams. The windows are also black providing a consistent and modern look.
Wrought Iron Exterior via Brick and Batten

This color is the perfect blend between black, grey, and navy blue. The soft warm, muted-black color, makes it the perfect color for a feature wall, kitchen island, front door, or window shutters.

What Color is Wrought Iron?

Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron is a navy-blue inspired color, that looks like a very muted black paint color. It’s a very complex shade of black, seeing as sometimes you can see that hint of navy blue, while other times it leans into its softer charcoal side.

Kitchen island painted with Benjamin Moore Wrought iron paint
Kitchen island painted with Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron via Chatfield Court

It’s one of those dark colors that highlights a space without overpowering it, if done right. This paint color looks great as an accent wall, on kitchen islands, as a lower cabinet color in a two-toned kitchen, on exterior and interior doors, and in bathrooms.

Why has it become such a popular Benjamin Moore color? I’d say because it can add a great depth of color and character!

What is The LRV of BM Wrought Iron?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is an indicator of the amount of light that is reflected by a color when it is illuminated by a light source. A higher value (closer to 100) means that a color will reflect more light back at you and a lower value (closer to 0) means that a color will appear darker, or absorb more light. 

Wrought Iron LRV is 6.16 meaning it’s classified as a very dark color. It’s nearing pure black, but not quite there.

Is Wrought Iron a Warm or Cool Color?

Wrought Iron is a soft, muted, black that leans a little warm, despite its slight blue undertones. This is because there’s also a touch of brown which helps both soften and warm it up.

wrought iron painted on a front door
Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron painted front door via Timeless Paper

What Are The Undertones of Wrought Iron?

This is a muted black paint color with gray, brown and navy blue undertones. It isn’t a traditional navy blue, it’s more of a soft charcoal black.

Is Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron Black?

Not quite. It is an almost-black paint color that brings layers of sophistication and depth to interiors and exteriors alike. Wrought Iron creates drama, contrast, and interest for spaces large and small.

Compared to pure black, you can definitely see the difference.

If I’m Using this Paint Color on my Walls, What White Trim Color will Look Best?

SW pure white is usually a good choice. It’s a bright white with just a smidge of warmth so it never looks cold. It looks great with all wall colors, but it’s especially the correct choice if the color is warm.

For a really bright, crisp white that’s on the cool side, SW Extra White is awesome. BUT if there’s a lot of blue undertones or a lot of cold northern light, it can look stark and cold.

Would Wrought Iron Be a Good Exterior Color?

Absolutely! While you might be hesitant to be so bold as to make this an entire house color, it’s the perfect color for your shutters, or even your front door.

Shutters painted with BM Wrought Iron
Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron painted shutters via Home Bunch

It would offer a perfect, updated, fresh look, to your exterior space. It can bring layers of sophistication and depth to both your interior and exterior spaces.

a back door painted Bm Wrought Iron.
Wrought Iron Front Door by Kylie M. Interiors

Would This Be A Good Color For Kitchen Cabinets?

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron will work really well on almost everything. Charcoal paint colors are often recommended by interior designers to be used on cabinets or as an accent color for an island.

Combined with a lighter wall color and natural light the cabinets would give of a charcoal color and really pop!

kitchen cabinets painted with bm wrought iron.
Kitchen Cabinets painted with BM Wrought Iron via HomeBunch

BM Wrought Iron Complementary Colors

Wrought Iron is stunning paired with crisp whites for a clean look. But, don’t be afraid of bringing a pop of color to your home. It compliments orange and rustic tones as well as light blues and greens. It’s the perfect paint color for playing around with!

a large kitchen island painted wrought iron with white marble countertops and rustic leather counterstools.
Wrought Iron kitchen island via All Sorts Of

What is the Sherwin Williams Equivalent of Wrought Iron?

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore is a close match to Wrought Iron, although it tends to appear a bit blacker. Iron Ore also lacks the navy undertone that Wrought Iron has. While they are similar in terms of color depth and LRV, Bm Wrought Iron looks softer while Iron Ore looks slightly darker.

Wrought Iron vs. Cheating Heart

Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron has an LRV 6.16, Cheating Heart has an LRV of 6.89, meaning they are both in the dark range!

Wrought Iron is a very dark gray-soft black paint color with navy blue undertones, and Cheating Heart is more of an even balance of gray-blue-black.

Comparison swatch of Bm Wrought Iron and BM Cheating Heart.
Benjamin Moore’s Cheating Heart vs. Wrought Iron paint swatch via Knock Off Decor

Real Room Examples

If you are dealing with a very dark room, Wrought Iron will look very black. Without much light is can be harsh, but natural light will truly bring this color to life. You will see all the color and undertones become apparent!

You want to be careful when a dark color is used that it doesn’t swallow the room and end up falling flat rather than leaving it a beautiful finished space. 

bathroom wall painted with Benjamin Moore Wrought iron.
With lots of natural light, Wrought Iron looks amazing as a wall color and contrasts dramatically with white wainscoting via Our Humble Abode

Light plays a huge role in how a finished paint color will look. Keep in mind a paint swatch can look different on your walls given the time of day, and if the sun is shining in your windows.

If you have no natural light or windows this will also affect the color your paint looks in the space. With no light this color would look very black.

Final Thoughts

The muted black colors and soft navy-grey undertones soften up this color, so it isn’t a harsh black. Making it lighter than a true black.

This makes it more flexible to be used in a variety of spaces. From your kitchen cabinets to your exterior accents, it is obvious why Wrought Iron is a popular paint color!

Don’t Forget…

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides real paint samples that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

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  1. Could it be used in a bathroom as a semi-gloss?

    1. For bathroom walls, use the Aura Bath & Spa line in whatever sheen you want. Regular semi-gloss is fine for the trim.

  2. What finish of wrought iron would you use on a front door?

    1. If it’s for the outside, get the exterior grade paint. It’s a lot more durable. I usually do a semi gloss finish.

  3. Can it be used on outdoor furniture?