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Are burgundy and maroon the same color?

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Maroon and burgundy are terms for separate colors in the same color family. Both maroon and burgundy are dark, cool reds. However, burgundy is based on the color of French wine and is a darker, grayish red, while maroon is based on the color of chestnut shells and is brownish.

Under the Pantone color system, a widely used color standard for print, maroon is a lighter shade of red than burgundy and is slightly warmer in tone. Burgundy, on the other hand, is darker, almost black, and cooler. However, both are very close in terms of the color codes assigned to them under this system. Other, similar colors are oxblood and cordovan.


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