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Urbane Bronze Review – Sherwin Williams 2021 Paint Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams has announced its 2021 Color of the Year, and no surprise, it is Urbane Bronze!

This color has been trending in the home decor world for a lot of 2020. It is being featured on front doors, cabinets, home exteriors, and even walls.

Urbane Bronze is so popular that it has been chosen for the 2016 Pura Vida collection, the Pottery Barn – Fall/Winter 2020 collection, the Minimalist collection, and the 2021 Sanctuary color collection at Sherwin Williams.

Let’s talk about this amazing color and how to best use it.

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Urbane Bronze Paint Color

Urbane Bronze, SW 7048, is an earthy, warm paint color that almost straddles the line between brown and gray.

Depending on where you view it, Urbane Bronze can look like a dark brown, or like a murky gray. Sometimes, it can even look a like a green.

Urbane Bronze has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 8. The LRV scale goes from 1-100, with 1 being completely dark and 100 being completely light. As you can see, this means that Urbane Bronze is a very dark color. It will reflect very little light into a room.

The depth of this nature-inspired color, as well as the particular mix of shades in it, make it feel both sophisticated and bold, while also being welcoming and tranquil.

Sherwin Williams describes it as “grounded, meditative, and serene.”

Color Review of Urbane Bronze

Urbane Bronze Undertones

Urbane Bronze has a significant amount of black undertones, as well as a lot of warm brown undertones. It also has more than a hint of green in it. These shades round it out to make it a perfectly earthy color.

Overall, Urbane Bronze comes across as a warm shade, as the brown undertones are dominant over the green.

Where To Use Urbane Bronze

Because it is so dark, Urbane Bronze is best used as an accent color for the average person.

It looks gorgeous on front doors, whole house exteriors, windows, cabinets, and furniture.

Here is Urbane Bronze on the inside of a built in. I love how it gives this built-in a distinctive and elegant look.

Urbane Bronze on Built-in

But while most people will like to use Urbane Bronze as an accent color, someone who is a little more daring with their paint choices may choose if for a whole room.

When used as a wall paint color, Urbane Bronze will give a room a dramatic, bold look. While it may not be suitable for all rooms, it looks amazing in a study, dining room, or even a bedroom.

Before we go any further, let’s chat for a minute about how to figure out if Urbane Bronze will work in your home.

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Urbane Bronze Color Scheme

Some great coordinating colors for SW Urbane Bronze are Extra White, Ivoire, Shoji White, Modern Gray and Messenger Bag.

Extra White serves as a great trim color for a room that has Urbane Bronze walls. Shoji White and Modern Gray are versatile neutrals that will act as a great backdrop from Urbane Bronze accents. Last, Messenger Bag and Ivoire can be pulled in as an accent wall or through furnishings and accessories.

Take a look at this color scheme here:

Urbane Bronze Color Strip

Urbane Bronze is housed on the same color strip as some of Sherwin Williams most popular greige shades.

Wordly Gray, Amazing Gray, Intellectual Gray, Felted Wool, Anonymous, and Porpoise are all listed on Urbane Bronze’s color strip.

While some would say that this means that they are all either lighter or darker versions of each other, this just isn’t true. For example, you can see that Porpoise has a lot of green in it, where as Intellectual Gray has a hint of blue.

Final Thoughts on Urbane Bronze

Urbane Bronze, Sherwin William’s 2021 Color of the Year, is a very popular paint color reminiscent of nature. This brownish-gray (or grayish-brown) paint color is perfect for doors, windows, home exteriors and furniture, or as a wall color for a dramatic look.

If you’re looking for a bold paint color that that is earthy and sophisticated, Urbane Bronze is a great choice!

Pictures of Urbane Bronze

For pictures of Urbane Bronze, check out this Pinterest board I created. Oh, and if you have any pictures of your own of Urbane Bronze or any other paint color, and you’d like to have them featured on my site, feel free to contact me!

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Review of Urbane Bronze Paint Color

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Tammy McComb

Saturday 12th of March 2022

Hello Lauren, I am so happy I found you. I just discovered Urbane Bronze and now I am obsessed. Our home is a ranch style with four large wood pillars in the front that we recent stained cedar colour. We just added cedar shakes in the gables as well and our brick colour is a tan/buff with a black door and black shutters. Way to matchy matchy. We are thinking of painting the garage doors Urbane Bronze as well as the shutters. I would like to paint the trim and pillars a warm colour to complement everything as well as change the colour of the door. Do you have any suggestions for the trim and front door? Thank you for your time. Everything currently looks Orange.

Peony Lin

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Our roof is black and we are considering repainting our house with shoji white and using urbane bronze on the sashes and garage doors. Is that going to look weird? We also need to repaint our metal roof which is currently black. My husband is not a fan of using black for the window sash Color. And our plantation shutters are painted black fox which was a huge mistake.


Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi Peony! This sounds like a good match to me! Good luck!


Sunday 20th of February 2022

Hello, we have MCM home, very modern architecture & hardscape, landscape. We intend to paint the siding (half of house) front door frames ( glass doors ) , fascia Urbane Bronze. We want cascade & modern planters done in a soft grayish but warm white . What do you suggest? Shoji white? Modern gray? Both by Sherwin Williams.


Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi Ken! Both Shoji White and Modern Gray look good with Urbane Bronze. I would probably go with the Modern Gray if you want it to look great outside. Shoji White may look more like an off-white/beige than a gray in warm sunlight. Good luck!

Linda Obszarny

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Hi thanks for the review! Question I am redoing a small bathroom and looking to paint walls possibly SW silver strand. Would urbane bronze look good on the vanity and other small cabinet we have.


Sunday 7th of November 2021

Hi Linda! Yes, this would be very nice! Here is a review on Silver Strand, in case you're interested :)


Monday 7th of June 2021

Hi Lauren - this post is wonderful. We're painting our entire exterior in a few weeks and are having the hardest time finalizing colors! For the house, we've decided on SW Oyster White for the siding + trim and think it will go nicely with our dark bronze windows. We also have a 2-story detached garage/office and are leaning towards the Urbane Bronze for the siding + trim (with white windows). We also really like Benjamin Moore's Dragon's Breath, but it's so hard to tell a difference between those two paints. Do you generally have a preference between those two colors? What we can't figure out for the life of us is the color for the 2 entry doors on both levels of the garage. We don't want the garage to feel austere, so we'd like a nice pop of color. Right now we're thinking Farrow & Ball's Babouche, which is a rich, darker yellow. Do you have any other ideas for what could work for the doors? We'd like something that's rich and earthy and not too bright since we don't want it to detract from the sophistication of the Urbane Bronze. Also, what do you think of the overall Oyster White + Urbane Bronze pairing for the 2 structures? Thank you!


Monday 14th of June 2021

Hi Emily! Thanks for your sweet words! Dragon's Breath and Urbane Bronze are very similar colors - Urbane Bronze looks just a hair softer to me. Between the two, I actually like Dragon's Breath a bit better, but both are great. I don't think you have a wrong choice between them. For a front door color, you could do Fired Brick, Spicy Hue, Homburg Gray, or a yellow like that Babouche might be really nice! Good luck!