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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!

Looking to hire a professional to do the job? You can be connected with a painting professional in your area by clicking here!

Planning to DIY the job? Make sure to get these paintbrushes at an AMAZING PRICE! Oh, and don’t forget to get this for those high places!

Have a question? Leave a comment below! I read and respond to all of them!

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Monday 12th of April 2021

I love Urbane Bronze in pictures. I got a sample and painted a table, but in my light it looks like the murky gray. I am wanting to use this on a kitchen island, but I want the more bronze/brown tones to shine instead of the gray. Is there a color similar to Urbane Bronze that is more brown that I should consider to get the effect I want?


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Hi Misty! Status Bronze is a much more brown bronze, but one to consider. It doesn't have the gray that Urbane Bronze does. Van Dyke Brown would be another option, but again, it doesn't have much gray. Unfortunately, there isn't a real good parallel color! Check those out though and see what you think. Good luck!


Friday 2nd of April 2021

Hi Lauren! Opinion please! I currently have Brazilian cherry floors that I cannot change. My cabinets are older cheaper “cherry” stain which have seen brighter days in their finish although the cabinets themselves are still sturdy. My living room is wide open to my L shaped kitchen and the back kitchen end of the house get lots of daytime sun where the front of living room gets morning sun. Long skinny room with higher 9’ ceilings. My granite counters are Crema Bordeaux granite and backsplash is plain tumbled marble subway. So the counters are creamy with lots of brown, burgundy but also grey and almost black veining. The tumbled marble as you can imagine is creamy but very yellow undertones...as well, I have travertine floors which also echo that but slightly less yellow. I hate the cabinets and want to paint them...I am wrestling with which shade to use (I also have an island) I think the entire Urbane Bronze color card works best to update my area while incorporating all of my stone and hardwood flooring I cannot change. I am at a loss of how dark or light to go...I love urbane bronze, the rest of my family thinks too dark. Then I thought Porpoise, my daughter thought Anonymous...so we all agree on same color family at least...lol. I plan on repainting all of the walls either Vanillin or Shoji White. I am also installing a new floor to ceiling board and batten fire place that I will also paint either same as cabinets or a lighter shade from the card to compliment. Thinking of putting a wood slab mantle in possibly cedar or teak to compliment the existing floors and the burgundy in the counters. Please help me with what shades of these beautiful colors will work best. Terrified of too light or too dark, but I am not into white or ivory cabinets particularly with my granite. Sorry for the novel...lol. Also not sure if it’s possibly to white wash the tumbled marble with a cream to tone down the yellow? Also need to choose granite or tile for the front fireplace surround and have not even gotten to thinking about that yet. Thanks you!


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Hi Julie! For the cabinets, you can definitely go as dark as Urbane Bronze, but you may want to go a little bit lighter so they pop against the floor. I like Felted Wool, but there is not right or wrong answer here. Urbane Bronze or Porpoise would be nice too. For the walls, Vanillin shows up pretty yellow, so don't choose it unless you're comfortable with yellow walls. Shoji White might go a little better. For the tiles, I don't know if you can whitewash tile, but I know you can paint it. Last, it is important to note that just because Sherwin Williams grouped all these colors on the same strip, they aren't necessarily lighter or darker versions of eachother. For example, Anonymous has much more green in it than Worldly Gray. Generally, the shades coordinate, but if you want the exact lighter shade of one, get Sherwin Williams to cut the formula by 50 or 75%. Good luck!

Jane Brown

Friday 26th of February 2021

I am painting my exterior either urban bronze or sealskin. Can you do an analysis of sealskin like you did urban bronze, please?


Sunday 28th of February 2021

Hi Jane! I'll work on that for you this week, and will update you when it is done! :)


Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Thanks for sharing Urban Bronze. I have an old buffet that I need to paint and I was thinking of painting it in Urban Bronze. My wall color is SW Pearly White. Do you think it would go well with this wall color? Some of my furnishings are dark brown and the room gets a lot of light. Ceiling is painted in BM ceiling white, no color added.


Sunday 28th of February 2021

Hi Lori! I think that Urbane Bronze and Pearly White will go just fine together! Good luck!

Amy Jacobs

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

You seem to know your colors so how about a recommendation? I am stepping out in faith and painting my whole exterior farmhouse Urbane Bronze with Alabaster white trim. I am thinking about painting my front door red. But what kind of red do I choose. The painters are here and I have to go buy it quick. Help

Amy in Texas


Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Hi Amy! I hope you get this in time! A deep red like Positive Red or Show Stopper would be nice and give that classic red door look. For a red with more gray in it (less bright), Crabby Apple is nice. Good luck!