10 Difference Between Maroon And Burgundy

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Burgundy and maroon are usually mistaken for same color but there is a key underlying difference between them. Maroon is a mix of red and brown while burgundy is a mix of red and purple. This attribute makes burgundy to look brighter in appearance than maroon and gives it more of a purplish tinge. The burgundy hex code is #800020 whereas the maroon hex code is #800000.

Maroon

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The name“maroon’’ was first used in English language in 1789. It is derived from French words marron or chestnut (a nut that is deep reddish brown in appearance).  Generally, red and brown makes up maroon. Maroon is a very popular choice in uniforms for both schools and sporting teams where it is often paired with white, grey or gold.

To get maroon paint using primary colors, you only need to mix blue into a red base using a 5:1 ratio. Further, add a very small amount of yellow paint to obtain maroon’s brownish tinge.

Burgundy

Burgundy is a deep reddish brown shade lighter than the color maroon. The color of burgundy was named after a drink that had the distinctive red shade of color. Specifically, it was named after the color of red wines coming from burgundy vineyards in France.  The first recorded use of burgundy as color was in 1881. The deep, dark red is usually a result of mixing red with a dash of green and blue resulting in brown with purple undertones.

The burgundy color is also similar to other shades of color such as cordovan and oxblood. When it comes to clothing, Burgundy works well with shades of gray such as light gray or charcoal gray. It also pairs beautifully with turquoise, golden yellow and umber.

Burgundy is usually associated with higher class society. Its rich hue and red shade are interpreted as signifying complexity (sophistication). It is seen as more serious than lighter shades of red and lacks sense of fun, light energy that shades like pink have.

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Maroon Vs. Burgundy Color In Tabular Form

BASIS OF COMPARISON MAROON BURGUNDY
Description Maroon is a brownish red color.     Burgundy is a shade of reddish brown.
Outlook A brownish red color.       A shade of deep red.
How it is made Mix blue into a red base using a 5:1 ratio. Further, add a very small amount of yellow paint to obtain maroon’s brownish tinge.       Mixing red with a dash of green and blue resulting in brown with purple undertones.  
Hex Code Hexadecimal code is #800000.       Hexadecimal code is #800020.
Name derivation Drives its name from French word marron which refers to chestnut.     Derives its name from Burgundy-a region in France.
Symbolizes Maroon color symbolizes sacrifice and bravery.   Burgundy is more sophisticated, it symbolizes wealth and power.
Physiological Power Maroon is associated with control, responsibility and thoughtfulness.   Burgundy is associated with a sense of high ambition.
Association Mostly associated with low class society. Mostly associated with higher class society.  
Popularity Maroon is a common choice for restaurant logos, interiors and menus.  

Maroon is also a very popular choice in uniforms for both schools and sporting teams where it is often paired with white, grey or gold.  
Burgundy is a popular color for sheets and pillows.  

It is the color of the robes worn by Vajrayana Buddhist monks such as Dalai Lama.  

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