Sherwin-Williams’ 2021 Colour of the Year — Urbane Bronze

Tap into nature with Sherwin-Williams’ 2021 Colour of the Year, Urbane Bronze SW 7048, a hue whose warmth and comfort breathe down-to-earth tranquility.

As a pure, minimalistic expression of nature, Urbane Bronze effortlessly conveys a feeling of warmth and welcome. A refreshing alternative and complement to gray, the hue combines beautifully with pale woods, rich leathers, metals and understated natural stone tones.

“Now more than ever, our homes have become the backdrop to our lives, reminding us that the moments worth cherishing have always been right in front of us. As we’re looking to create the ultimate retreat for reflection and renewal, we’re turning to a hue whose natural simplicity and nature-inspired energy cultivate a sense of calm from the ground up.”


“Urbane Bronze is a comforting color, drawing from nature for a feeling of relaxation and serenity. There’s also 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.”

Sue Wadden, Director of Colour Marketing, Sherwin-Williams

Bold and understated at the same time, Urbane Bronze is the new neutral that can be used anywhere in the home, inside or out. Whether used as a primary or accent color, 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.

Complement the simplicity of Urbane Bronze with natural materials—like wood finishes, organic stone accents or woven textiles—and a variety of mixed metals to create a serene space grounded in nature

Sue Wadden, Director of Colour Marketing, Sherwin-Williams

For an updated take on minimalism, pair Urbane Bronze with other warm neutrals, including elegant bone whites like Modern Gray SW 7632. To bring in more color and a hint of the bold pairings of the ‘70s, add a modern green like Messenger Bag SW 7740. A monochromatic look with Urbane Bronze on all four walls and trim creates a soothing site for working from home.

Colours to Pair with Urbane Bronze

To learn more, visit sherwin-williams.com.

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