Benjamin Moore Universal Black

Benjamin Moore Universal Black 2118-10 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Universal Black paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful 2118-10. Find out if this gorgeous warm grey paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Official color page:Universal Black 2118-10
Color code:2118-10
Color name:Universal Black
Brand:Benjamin Moore

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LRV of Universal Black

Universal Black 2118-10 has an LRV of 5.26% and refers to Dark colors which means that this color almost does not reflect light

Color paint LRV values

Light Reflectance Value measures the amount of visible and usable light that reflects from a painted surface.
Simply put, the higher LRV of paint color, the brighter room you will get.
Scale goes from 0% (absolute black, absorbing all light) to 100% (pure white, reflecting 100% of all light).

Act like a pro: Choosing paint with LRV of 5.26% be attentive to your bulbs light Brightness.Light Brightness – measured in lumens. The lower LRV of paint you have, the higher lumen level you need. Every square feet of room needs at least 40 lumens. That means for a 200 square feet living room you’ll need 8000 lumens of light. To achieve that brightness, you would require a total of 8 bulbs, 1000lm each.

What are Benjamin Moore Universal Black undertones?

Purple is Benjamin Moore Universal Black undertone color, as you can clearly see on the color field below. To determine this undertone we’ve removed all the tints, tones, shades and get HUE (pure color). Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate


HEX value

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RGB code:

53, 52, 53

Is Benjamin Moore Universal Black 2118-10 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 300° this Grey refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

2118-10 Universal Black HSL code: 300, 1%, 21%

Hue - degree on a color wheel from 0 to 360. 0 is red, 120 is green, and 240 is blue.
Saturation is a percentage value. 0% is a shade of grey, and 100% is the full color.
Lightness is also a percentage value. 0% is black, and 100% is white.

  • Warm Grey will make even large rooms feel cozy and intimate
  • Warm Grey undertones tend to make you feel happy, energized and playful
  • Warm paint colors are ideal for kitchens, living rooms or bathrooms
  • Warmer hues make larger spaces feel more inviting

Act like a pro: Mixing warm and cool shades is a must have to get harmonius interior. Add accents that contrast with the primary color to create visual balance. If your walls are a warm color, don’t forget to add accent in cold colors (furniture, art, décor). A good practice is too use a complementary color scheme.

Coordinating colors.
Colors that go with Benjamin Moore Universal Black:

Complementary color scheme

Complementary color scheme

This color scheme is a combination of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. The high contrast between these colors creates a vibrant and dynamic visual effect.

Color comparison

Universal Black 2118-10 vs Carbon Copy 2117-10

Are you struggling to choose between these two hues for your next project? Our comparison will help you choose the ideal color for your space.

Benjamin Moore Universal Black 2118-10 vs Benjamin Moore Carbon Copy 2117-10Benjamin Moore Universal Black 2118-10
LRV: 5.26%
Dark color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 5.33%
Dark color
Temperature: warm

Color codes

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HEX#353435copy color code
RGB Decimal53, 52, 53copy color code
RGB Percent20.78%, 20.39%, 20.78%copy color code
HSVHue: 300° Saturation: 1.89% Value: 20.78%copy color code
HSLhsl(300, 1, 21)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 1.89 Yellow: 0.0 Key: 79.22copy color code
YIQY: 52.413 I: 0.275 Q: 0.523copy color code
XYZX: 3.339 Y: 3.47 Z: 3.861copy color code
CIE LabL:21.835 a:0.666 b:-0.474copy color code
CIE LuvL:21.835 u:0.446 v:-0.574copy color code
Decimal3486773copy color code
Hunter lab18.628, -0.606, 0.75copy color code
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