An Honest Review of Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore

Black may be bold, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be the perfect balance you were looking for in your home exterior update. Whether you have a traditional or modern home, Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore can add just the right amount of statement. We’ve been seeing more and more people choose black or dark gray for their homes here at brick&batten, so we decided to review another option for you.

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brick home painted with benjamin moore iron mountain

Black Exterior Paint for the Bold and Modern Home

We’ve been seeing a lot more dark and bold color choices lately, and we’re here for it. Black may not be for everyone, but it definitely makes a statement and helps bring out some of your home’s textures and features.

Iron Mountain has an LRV of 9.13 which is actually pretty high on the scale compared to some of the other blacks our designers use. When using this color, you should take into consideration how much light your home gets. Iron Mountain’s blue undertones show a slightly blue-gray tone in direct sunlight, but it will look like a muted black in the shade. LRV (Light Reflectance Value — learn more here) is especially important when using black paint because it’s already in the super low range, so choosing the right shade will make a big difference.

Transitional-WoodDoor, bungalow painted in benjamin moore iron mountain

There’s a reason Iron Mountain is one of the most popular black paint colors. For one, it’s extremely versatile, a striking addition to many styles of homes in all sorts of different applications. A stately brick home, an updated farmhouse, cozy bungalow, or a modern rustic cabin in the woods will each showcase Iron Mountain’s depth and drama in uniquely appealing ways.

This color definitely has blue undertones, even a bit of purple, but sometimes in a western-facing room or in the afternoon sun, it can go a little warm and show a tiny bit of brown. That’s why Iron Mountain pairs well with greens and beiges, even though it’s technically a cool shade.

before and after of a large mid century ranch painted in benjamin moore iron mountain

Black Paint and Climate

Because homes painted with a dark hue at a low LRV will absorb more light and heat, it’s important to consider your climate and how much direct sunlight your house gets. In hot and humid climates, we recommend painting the main portions of your home’s exterior in higher LRVs to reflect the light and redirect the heat away from your home. Iron Mountain in this case would make an excellent trim, door, shutter, or accent paint color.

white home with painted trim in iron mountain benjamin moore paint

If you live in a cooler climate, painting your whole home in a low LRV paint color like Iron Mountain will help keep your house warm by absorbing the sun’s heat. It will give both the interior and exterior a cozy feel.


before and after of a brick home in iron mountain benjamin moore paint

How does Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore compare to other black paints?

It might be tempting to assume that all black shades of paint are relatively equal and you can just wing it, but trust us on this one. There are many shades of black and dark gray that will give your home a different vibe when used. Our team of designers here at brick&batten can help you determine which shade is right for your home. Here’s how Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore compares to some of our other favorite black shades.

modern two story home painted in iron mountain by benjamin moore

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore is definitely more of a gray, with brown and green undertones. It works well with natural features like wood or stone and has a deep warmth to it.

traditional brick home painted in benjamin moore kendall charcoal paint

Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams

Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams is a very similar color to Iron Mountain with a super low LRV that really brings the drama. This color doesn’t have any undertones so it pairs well with both warm and cool tones.

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore exterior paint on a modern California home

Soot by Benjamin Moore

Soot by Benjamin Moore is a deep, dark gray that feels like a true black next to white trim. Its slightly blue undertones soften it a bit and help it pair well with cooler tones.

traditional colonial home painted in benjamin moore soot

The Bottom Line on Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore

traditional two story home painted in iron mountain by benjamin moore

If you’ve never considered jumping into the dark side, we recommend giving these colors noir a second look. Their good looks just might charm you into updating your exterior in a bold, dark hue that is modern and fresh. Need more options or ideas? We compiled our top 10 black paint colors that work well with any type of home, in different settings, with the accents and style you design.

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