Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year

Sherwin-Williams paint color of the year 2021

Introducing Sherwin Williams 2021 Color of the Year: Urbane Bronze

Sherwin Williams just announced their new 2021 Color of the Year. Get ready to inspire calm, stability, and warmth with Urbane Bronze SW 7048.

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“The home is now the ultimate retreat from the world, and color is an easy and effective way to create a personal haven,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Urbane Bronze encourages you to create a sanctuary space for mindful reflection and renewal.”

Upscale bedroom with Urbane Bronze paint color

According to Sherwin Williams’ press release, Urbane Bronze “is a rich anchor that grounds the mind in calm and stability with its ties to the natural world.” Part of the Sanctuary palette in Sherwin-Williams 2021 Colormix® Forecast, Urbane Bronze signals a need for balance in both design and our lives in the year ahead. After all that 2020 has brought, it will be nice to surround ourselves with a color that can bring peace, tranquility, and warmth to our lives and homes going forward.

What Color is Urbane Bronze?

Urbane Bronze is a rich gray hue. While it may seem dark and bold initially, it’s somber tone will envelope you and make you feel serene and safe.

Adjectives that describe Urbane Bronze are:

  • Tranquil
  • Reflection
  • Renewal
  • Sanctuary
  • Safe Haven

Wadden said Urbane Bronze also brings a “reassurance in its sentimentality, with nostalgic ties to the design of the ‘70s and ‘90s, but with gray undertones that give it a distinctly modern twist.”

Sherwin Williams paint swatches featuring Urbane Bronze, Modern Gray, Messenger Bag 

 What Colors Complement Urbane Bronze?

You have a lot of options when it comes to finding colors that complement this natural, tranquil gray shade.

If you’re looking to stay in the neutral family:

  • Extra White SW 7006
  • Ivoire SW 6127
  • Shoji White SW 7042
  • Still Water SW 6223

If you want to add some bold color:

  • Invigorate SW 6886
  • Baguette SW 6123
  • Bold Brick SW 6327

Because Urbane Bronze is a neutral gray hue, you have a lot of options to choose from when decorating your home (whether inside or out).

Well-lit living room with furniture and wall art

Incorporating Urbane Bronze Into Your Home

You might think that adding this mindful shade into your existing decor might be a little difficult because it’s a dark color. However, since it’s neutral you actually have a lot more options than you might think. Below we’re sharing our favorite ways to incorporate Urbane Bronze into your home.

Urbane Bronze accent wall

As an Accent Wall:

We’ve spent a lot of time at home recently, more so than we probably thought was possible. And with no end in sight to social distancing and pandemic concerns, it may be time to update the color on your walls. Urbane Bronze is the perfect shade to use on an accent wall, whether in your living room, study, or master bedroom.

Sherwin Williams says that “Urbane Bronze has an anchoring quality that conveys a sense of comfort and sanctuary in bedrooms, living rooms, and dens, or calm concentration in home offices.” This sanctuary

As an accent wall, you can add a pop of color while still keeping a neutral theme in your decor. You can also help give a room a focal point, for instance, if you paint the wall that also has the fireplace. This draws the eye and can be a central design element to the room.

On Your Kitchen Cabinets

For a lot of people, kitchens are calm spaces. They typically have a lot of light, natural elements, greenery (herbs), and thoughts of happiness while cooking, baking, and being with family. You can add another layer of tranquility to your kitchen when you update your kitchen cabinets with the color Urbane Bronze.

Kitchen Island featuring Urbane Bronze

Urbane Bronze can work really well if you have butcher block countertops or other natural elements like quartz and woven textiles.

If you’re not ready to change your cabinet color, you could also use it in accents. Think about frames, artwork, decor, or other items that can add pizzazz to the room.

Sitting area with Sherwin Williams color of the year Urbane Bronze

On Interior Accents

Accents can be all sorts of things. From decor to furniture to textiles and fabrics, there are a lot of ways you can subtly (or not subtly) insert Urbane Bronze into your home.

One way you can do this is to use the color on your front door … the inside of your front door. Most people pay attention to the exterior portion of the front door, however, the inside (the side that faces the interior of your home) can also be spruced up. Using Urbane Bronze here can help calm and center you before you leave the home, a much-needed reminder during these uncertain times. 


Exterior home doors in Urbane Bronze

On Exterior Accents

The great thing about Urbane Bronze is its multi-use abilities. While it makes a calming interior color, it also makes a showstopping exterior hue. This is important because you want your home to make a good first impression for visitors or prospective buyers. Urbane Bronze is definitely a shade to pick if you want to bump up your curb appeal and make the flowers and shrubs in the front yard pop.

According to Architectural Digest, Wadden mentioned that she thought the 2021 Color of the Year is perfect outside saying, “[Urbane Bronze] is so gorgeous outside, so I think that speaks volumes for the color.”

We’re really excited about this year’s Color of the Year. As more people seek to create a retreat from the world in the spaces around them, Urbane Bronze SW 7048 (245-C7) is an effective and easy way to deliver Zen in our daily lives.

What do you think of Sherwin-Williams 2021Color of the Year? Let us know in the comments below!


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