Ode to Urbane Bronze


I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend and are off to a good start for your week.  I’m still adjusting to having the kids home for summer break, as I’m running all over town most days!

I mentioned in one of my recent 5+1 posts about how much I’m loving Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze paint color, and the more I work with it, the more I love it!  As a result, I decided to devote a post to this magnificent color.

I have to admit, when you see it in the paint deck, it isn’t one that caught my eye right off the bat.  It has a brownish gray hue when you see it, but it’s gorgeous in action.

So pretty on this island – a great contrast against the white cabinets.

It’s a real beauty on interior doors too.  Love it.

I’m seriously contemplating jumping on the Urbane Bronze Bandwagon after seeing it used as a backdrop for built-ins.

Source – Honey We’re Home

Here are mine as they stand now.  Can you see them in Urbane Bronze?  I can…

And we all fell in love with Emily Clark’s beautiful bookcases, didn’t we?

Source: Emily A. Clark

And her bathroom

Source: Emily A. Clark

She even used it on her pantry doors.  Perfection.

But my fate was sealed with Urbane Bronze when I saw it on cabinetry.  The hardware certainly doesn’t hurt its case either.

Source: Nest Egg
Source: Farmhouseurban.com 

Do you have Urbane Bronze somewhere in your home?


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    Simply LKJ
    June 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    It is a fabulous bold neutral! I love the difference it made in Megan's bookshelves.

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      December 1, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Urbane Bronze is an outstanding color. I’ve painted my front door this color and it is stunning in a southern exposure. It has a bit of many colors and the color shifts as the light does: it has a bit of brown, gray and green. My painter loved it and has recommended it to other customers. I also painted my back door Urbane Bronze, but it is shaded by a canvas awning and appears dark gray at all times. I appreciate the color most in sunlight. Very sophisticated!

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    Cheryl Thornton
    June 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you for this post!! I am currently looking for a great dark grey to paint the exterior of our new home – this post could not have come at a better time.

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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    jessica ann
    June 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I love this color but scared to use it for my guest bathroom vanity. The bathroom has zero natural light, do you think it would work? Or would it make the space feel small?

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      Ms. M
      August 5, 2014 at 1:27 am

      I used it in our powder room (walls) that has zero natural light as well, and I couldn't be any happier! It's been 3 months since and I love, love, love it!

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      Susan Hagen
      December 31, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      I would go for it! Powder Rooms become a topic of conversation amongst company coming to visit. They are meant to be jewel boxes and have a personality all by themselves. I have painted many a powder room in dark colors and the turn out to be my favorite room in the house Everytime.
      In my last home, I painted three walls in Sherwin Williams Hopsack. The fourth wall behind the vanity and water bowl, I papered in a leopard wall paper and placed a black crocodile mirror on top a espresso vanity. The ceiling was also painted Hop Sack. That powder room actually was the catalyst for selling my home! It was a very encompassing atmosphere! So enjoy yourself with your creativity and you will be proud of yourself!

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        November 22, 2018 at 9:32 am

        Would love to see a photo of that if you have one! Sounds amazing!!

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    June 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

    So so so pretty – I wish I had a place for it. I do love my black interior doors, but deep dark charcoal on the wall doesn't work well with them (I tried it in my living room). Urbane Bronze on cabinetry is so delicious though, I could repaint all my doors to make that work in my kitchen!

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    Amy Godfrey
    March 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I am in love with the color urban bronze and am using it on my fireplace wall and around my island, both will be on a shiplap look. What gray toned color would complement or look good with it in my living room as my living room and kitchen are open to each other? I have white cabinets in the kitchen and white built ins around the fireplace. Thanks!

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      March 6, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      I have Urbane Bronze on the backs of my bookcases with Revere Pewter on the walls, and I love it. Revere Pewter is such a fantastic color, and plays well with others. 🙂

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    August 24, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Ooooh, I’ve chosen this for the exterior siding on a new build, contrasted with a white/gray stone…I’m dying to see how it turns out—next week! After reading your post I wonder if I should have done this in the insides of my exterior doors instead of Iron Ore. Oh well, it is a lovely color though!

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    March 22, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I just painted my built ins Urbane Bronze and absolutely love it! Gorgeous color! The walls are SW Bittersweet Stem and I wanted to introduce some gray into the room. I wanted a gray with a slight brown undertone and Urbane Bronze is perfect!

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      March 23, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Urbane Bronze is still one of my favorite grays – it’s so versatile – I swear it works just about everywhere I’ve seen it! I’m so glad it worked for you!

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      Michelle H
      April 6, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Can you post a picture? I am considering for builtins around grey stone fireplace and on my kithen island. Open floor plan.

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    Teresa Shannon
    October 11, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Am thinking of painting my basement urban bronze.? Good idea or too dark.
    I have light oak hardwood floors

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      October 12, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      I think that would be STUNNING!! I love the look of a rich gray with light floors. So pretty!

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    Michelle Lacourciere
    November 4, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    what color walls go with urban bronze?will amazing gray work

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      November 6, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore color) is great with Urbane Bronze.

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    January 10, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I am looking for a color to paint my banister.Iam going to paint the poles white can you recommend a dark brown.I love the look of urban bronze so I bought a sample but thinking it’s going to be to grey?Any suggestions would be great.

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    January 11, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    What Benjamin Moore paint colour would be the equivalent to Urbane Bronze? Thanks!

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      January 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      I’m not sure of a Benjamin Moore equivalent, but if you’re looking to use Benjamin Moore paint and want the color, they can usually color match pretty well.

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    [email protected]
    April 2, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    My exterior color of our home will be Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin moore and I’m thinking about Urban Bronze for my front door which is not currently black. Any advise would be appreciated. I’m also like Peppercorn and Iron Ore by Sherman Williams but thought urban bronze may go better.

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      April 2, 2019 at 8:28 pm

      I think any of those would be a gorgeous choice! They’re all favorite colors of mine. 🙂

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    April 3, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    We are thinking of painting our basement Urbane Bronze – love this color!! It doesn’t get a lot of natural light, but it is huge (so not worried about the dark walls making it look too small). New carpet going in is sort of a mid/dark grey with brown & beige speckles. Think this will be too dark?

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      April 3, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      I should mention our ceiling is painted black (industrial style/exposed ducts).

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      April 3, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      I think the key will be adding other elements that will keep it from being too dark – light/bold artwork, furniture pieces, etc…

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    July 27, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Does anyone know if you can have urbane bronze mixed into a deck stain?

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    Ashley Pearston
    September 30, 2020 at 11:45 am

    What about painting urbane bronze on my garage walls?

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