Tailored Simplicity, Mysterious Elegance
We’re closing out March with a moody moment thanks to this month’s featured Color, Iron Ore SW 7069. I’m here for the Dark Academia vibes! Iron Ore is a perfect color to support this emerging trend. The timeless and sophisticated shade of Iron Ore 7069 was featured as Sherwin Williams Color of the Month for March.
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Iron Ore SW 7069
Iron Ore feels powerful yet comforting. Iron Ore SW 7069 is part of Sherwin William’s 2022 Color Forecast in the Opus collection. Iron Ore has warm gray undertones, which will have a warm and welcoming effect even while making a statement. Charcoals are excellent for creating a cozy and moody atmosphere to make a room feel more intimate. Offices, studies, and dens would be great applications. Paint Iron Ore as an accent wall for a grounding backdrop or on all the walls for a dramatic and luxurious effect.
The office image below showcases Iron Ore’s paint color on all the walls. The effect is a space that feels cozy, timeless, yet edgy. Warm woods, natural materials, and signature pieces create a powerful and elegant yet inviting space.
Inspiration – Iron Ore SW 7069
I would not call it IRONic that I chose this wrought iron fence photo as my inspiration image for this palette. Leave it to me to provide you with a serving of puns in every post. Take it ORE leave it. This photograph features a rough, rusted iron fence juxtaposed with the delicate and dainty flowers growing around it. Iron Ore pairs well with rust colors, natural greens, and soft earthy neutrals. The palette feels sophisticated, timeless, and grounded. For more coordinating colors, check out Sherwin Williams Opus Collection.
The colors were sourced from the image and then paired with a Sherwin Williams color below. Check out more info about Sherwin Williams March 2022 Color of the month here.
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Iron Ore SW 7069 – Charcoal Decor
Inspired by Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, this color translates into an edgy, sophisticated, and tailored collection. The collection features metallic accents, reclaimed moments, organic forms, and natural textures. All items below are from Black designers, artisans, and businesses. Keep on reading to learn about each product and check out the post on Instagram to explore all the artist’s Instagram profiles.
Upcycled Pendant: Swane Design
We have this eye-catching light fixture from Swane Design to kick off this collection. The light fixture is made out of old oil barrels. Love a sustainable and upcycled moment. The patinated metal finish is an ideal addition to an industrial space. Selly, the owner of Swane Design, is based out of Germany. Swane takes the Senegalese approach to sustainable upcycling products with a modern twist. Check out more colors and sizes of the Barigio light fixture on the Etsy Shop.
Canvas Art Print: Art by Monday
Next, we have this canvas print from Art by Monday. The artist, Stacie Monday, notes that Renaissance #1 was inspired by history and her travels. You’ll see fragments of newspaper clippings and stamps paying homage to the past in the piece. It’s a beautiful representation of how our past and ancestral history are a part of us and inform the present. Through her work, she aims to deconstruct stereotypes about black women. Check out more layered and dynamic mixed media pieces on her site here.
Ceramic Mug: Lolly Lolly Ceramics
Who doesn’t love a handmade mug with a statement? This mug from Lolly Lolly Ceramics is functional art. This mug, 53/100, was part of the 100-day project. Lalese, the founder of Lolly Lolly Ceramics, challenged herself to make a mug’s handle in 100 different ways. I love how this forced her to think outside the box and create some stunning pieces. Read up on that project here. Lolly Lolly Ceramics has been releasing some of the styles and recreating them for sale for a limited time, so check them out!
Coasters: Modish Decor Pillows
Seems like we’re coasting through this post! (Yes, I am smiling at myself for writing that). These Black Mist Coasters from Modish Decor feel lush and luxe, and I am here for it! Coasters are a small yet impactful way to add a little personality and spice to a space while protecting furniture. And these are a GEM. Literally. Besides coasters, Modish Decor Pillows has a variety of pillows: from luxe velvets to textured boucles. Visit their site to check out all the options.
Table Lamp: 54 Kibo
This lamp. The shape. The sleek matte black finish. The modern aesthetic. *Chef’s Kiss* The pierced metal shade takes inspiration from ornate Moroccan-style lamps. It is juxtaposed with a sleek base. 54 Kibo has a variety of decor and accessories centered around contemporary design. Check out their site for additional lighting, furniture, rugs, and more.
Woven Bowl: Sustainable Home Goods
Looking for a bowl-d way to add interest and texture to a wall? Look no further and check out this x-large bowl from SustainAble Home Goods. This basket is made out of sisal by Amsha artisans in Rwanda. It comes with a string to have it mounted for wall decor, or it can be utilized as a decorative bowl. SustainAble Home Goods partners with artisans worldwide that create products with eco-friendly methods. Make a sustainable impact without sacrificing style – that’s a win-win.
Art Print: Wyld Frontier Design Co
This moody print is a great way to add a statement and interest while still celebrating neutrals. The Fascienne is an abstract alcohol ink print. The neutral colors subtly incorporate and celebrate blues, greens, and rusty browns. Wyld Frontier Design Co has a variety of art prints, often inspired by natural landscapes. View more on the site here.
Throw Blanket: Domain by Laura Hodges Studio
Next is this chunky textured knitted throw blanket from Domain by Laura Hodges Studio. This blanket is made from organic cotton and is perfect for those days you want to cozy up. Domain is the shop extension of Laura Hodges Studio – a Boutique Interior Design firm in the Baltimore/DC area. The shop features fair trade and sustainable home decor locally and globally sourced. Check out the large variety of home decor and accessories on the shop’s site.
Closing out this curated collection is this Pouf from Goode. The different textures of the pouf make it visually dynamic and sophisticated. The pouf can be used as a seat or a footstool. The Tres Persian Pouf contains natural and recycled materials. Goode is a curated marketplace emphasizing ethical and sustainable products with social impact.
Check out this year’s paint color and matching curated items: Evergreen Fog SW 9130: Color of the Year 2022: Color in Review
To find other coordinating colors and items for Iron, check out: Color in Review: Canyon Clay SW 6054 – Terracotta Decor
What do you think of this year’s paint color? What is your favorite featured item? Let me know in the comments!