Are you looking to paint with Peppercorn?
Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams is one of the most popular dark grey colors for exteriors or interiors alike.
This neutral color can also be mistaken for a classic charcoal depending on the lighting and looks great in a variety of settings.
In this article, we will discuss the details of color and provide 15+ project examples of the color so you can get a better understanding of how it might look.
Let’s get started!
What color is Sherwin Williams Peppercorn?
Sherwin Williams Peppercorn is a dark gray that looks like a classic charcoal color.
This deep charcoal is used a lot in high-end residential and custom-designed homes because of the natural luxurious type of feel this color gives off.
When matching with other colors, this gray makes for a great accent on the interior or on the exterior shutters, trim or front door.
You’ll want to test on the walls before applying Peppercorn, since the dark color can absorb a lot of light – making the room feel different.
Before we get into how this color looks in almost every scenario, let’s go through the paint details.
What is the LRV of Sherwin Williams Peppercorn?
The LRV (Light Reflective Value) for Sherwin Williams peppercorn sits at 10 – which is not so surprising considering how dark this color is.
Most interior designers tend to ignore this value – but I would highly suggest you consider it because it can make a room feel a lot smaller.
This is especially true when the LRV of a paint color leans toward one end of the spectrum. You want to know whether your light sources are large enough and where you’re painting, among other things!
If you need help deciding if this color will work in your home, you can always schedule a free color consult with our sister company, Vetted Painters, here.
Does Sherwin Williams peppercorn look blue?
In short, no.
Peppercorn leans more towards a black with very subtle gray undertones – so you should not see any browns or blues that you see with a lot of gray colors.
Sherwin Williams Color Deck Example
As you can see, Peppercorn is practically a black with gray undertones giving off that charcoal vibe.
It is interesting that Peppercorn has a Red, Green, and Blue values of 88. This unique combination is what makes this color so great.
It’s one of those rare dark colors that has a ton of depth and charm. Put simply, Peppercorn is not just a boring flat color – it really evokes deep thought and makes a grand statement on accent walls, interior doors and cabinets.
Make sure to test it out before you commit
I must warn you that Peppercorn is chameleon meaning it does change colors depending on the lighting and can lean warmer or cooler depending on the room – so it’s is very important that you either buy samples or the stick on squares by Samplize.
15+ Examples of Projects That Used Peppercorn
Peppercorn looks great on exterior if you are looking to go on the dark side. Couple it with a white for the trim and you get an amazing result like this:
If you don’t want a completely black color for you cabinets, Peppercorn is a great option. Didn’t these bathroom cabinets turn out great?
Drawers & Built-ins
Painting built-ins with Peppercorn is one of my favorite suggestions. What do you think about it?
While Peppercorn does look great on walls, I would recommend being careful in tall spaces (2 stories) and up.
The larger the space with a lot of contrast (white ceiling) can make it feel a bit overwhelming.
In spaces like the ones below, however; it looks great!
The most common and popular way to use this color is by painting an accent like the ones below:
Yes, we had to mention painting your front door with Peppercorn. With the right contrasting colors it looks amazing!
Depending on your lighting or amount of shade, peppercorn can drastically change it’;s look. Using a contrasting white will make it appear more gray.
If you paint all the siding and trim with it, it will look more black like the phots below:
Do you want to choose the right paint color for your project?
We’ve partnered with VettedPainters.com so you can get a free color consultation with an expert and they will create a rending of your house so you can actually see what different colors look like.You
You can schedule an appointment here.
Once you’ve had the color consultation, we recommend sampling each color and instead of buying samples from Sherwin, we recommend getting stick on squares so you don’t run into areas flashing when it actually comes time to paint.
Samplize does this and ships the paint squares to you overnight.
All you have to do is put them on your walls near your trim, furniture, or other immovable things and see whether the colors complement each other and match your lighting. If you wish to change the surface where it’s hanging, simply remove the square from the wall and replace it on a new one!
Final Thoughts Sherwin Williams Peppercorn
Peppercorn, by Sherwin Williams, is an absolutely beautiful color that can be used in a variety of settings and give the area a luxurious vibe – which we obviously love.
It’s a favorite amongst designers and homeowners alike so if you do choose it, you will be in good company.
Hopefully the images we provided in this article help you get a better feel for how it could potentially look for the are you wish to paint.
Have you used Peppercorn before? How’d it turn out?
Let us know in the comments below!