Tricorn Black

Tricorn Black is an incredibly dark black paint color which will work well in a variety of design styles and color palettes.

Adding accents of black paint into any design can be a great way to up the visual interest in the space and make it feel special.

Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams is one of the best choices when it comes to black paint, because it is incredibly neutral and, thus, incredibly versatile.

Decorating with black paint

If you have grown tired of  using the same light neutral color schemes in every home and design project over the last couple of years, adding a bold and decisive color like black into your palette can be a great way to shake things up.

Decorating with accents (or entire walls) of black paint can help you create  interesting contrast within your palette, but black is also a dark and neutral enough color that it should keep your design feeling grounded.

A fresh coat of black paint is also often the most effective way to draw attention to a cool design or architectural feature that you would like to show off.

Tricorn Black

There are many good reasons to start experimenting with black paint within your design color palettes.

And Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams (SW 6258) is one of the most versatile black paint shades on the market (well, as versatile as black gets, anyway).

Tricorn Black’s versatility does not come from the fact that it is not a bold black. In fact, this color is one of the darkest and most full-bodied black paints in the Sherwin Williams catalogue.

Tricorn Black’s great flexibility comes from the fact that it really is as close to a true neutral paint color as it gets. Tricorn Black does technically have some purple-blue undertones.

But considering that the color is so dark, and so chocked full of black pigment, this is the one time when the undertones do not really have much of an impact on how the color appears. Especially since they hardly show up in a noticeable way.

These muted undertones and Tricorn Black’s incredibly dark LRV of just 3 means that this color almost always ends up looking like a true black paint color once it is your space.

This makes Tricorn Black a perfect match for just about any design style and color palette under the sun. Moreover, it is an incredibly “safe” choice if you want that true, sophisticated and bold look which is on trend right now.

How and when to use Tricorn Black

Labeling Tricorn Black as a true neutral black paint color can be slightly confusing, because the color will never blend in in the way that a light greige paint color will.

However, because Tricorn Black does not have any noticeable undertones, it works well in a variety of spaces ranging from modern to traditional designs.

Tricorn Black is also pretty much guaranteed to just look like a deep black, regardless of the lighting situation in the space (or the colors used around it).

Therefore, it works well on everything from trim, doors, and cabinets, to ceiling and walls, and it can be incorporated into a design in a wide range of ways.

Will using Tricorn Black make a space look smaller?

Tricorn Black has an LRV of 3, which means that it only reflects back about three percent of the light that hits it. For context, the blackest black paint imaginable would have an LRV of 0.

Although some may think that using such a dark color will make a space feel small and cramped, Tricorn Black creates so much contrast with any lighter color.

In fact, you can actually use it to play some cool visual tricks within a space to accentuate accent walls, stairways and other features. This can make the space feel more expansive.

Other neutral colors that go with Tricorn Black

Tricorn Black’s true-neutral classification means that it works well with both warm and cool tones.

This means that you can easily incorporate this color into an already existing color palette as an accent color if you want to freshen up and modernize it a bit, But you can also go in a variety of directions with a new color palette.

However, if you want to keep a relatively neutral scheme, even with this bold, dark color incorporated into the mix, some of the best light-ish, neutral-ish paint colors to pair with Tricorn Black include:

Color name Color swatch
Sherwin Williams – Pure White (SW 7005)
Sherwin Williams – Alabaster (SW 7008)
Sherwin Williams – Repose Gray (SW 7015)
Sherwin Williams – City Loft (SW 7631)