Burgundy appears to be the more modern name (and offered quite generically) and Maroon slightly much more old fashioned, but actually there yes, really is a distinct difference between BURGUNDY and MAROON - one is COOL and one is WARM.

Identifying the difference can cause a difficulty for the deeper color palettes the Autumn and also Winter!




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This is a fabulous color and also suits so many people so don"t be put off if friend can"t initially find the shade that you suits you. 

It"s the undertone the a color, whether it"sinfluenced by Yellow or Blue, the decides even if it is a color is warm or Cool -and consequently whether or no it"s going come flatter your complexion.  

Personally ns think that most burgundies look great on both Autumn and Winter coloring but if a color leans too heavily towards either warmth or Cool it may cause you a problem. For this reason let me explain the difference. 


I"ve been asked about this rather a lot lately so, ~ a bit of research, I"ve come up through the real answer!

BURGUNDY is actually a dull purplish red whichtakes it name from the shade of the wine produced in the Burgundy an ar ofFrance. Alternate names such as wine, claret,bordeaux, grape, damson etc. Are regularly used and follow the wine connection.

MAROON, however, only becomes a shade when brown isadded come red. Words "maroon" is taken from the French word "marron" forchestnut - for this reason the wealthy brownish chestnut tone of the conkers we gain in the Fall.  


Red is a primary color with no undertone, however whenanother color is added it takes on one undertone that either warm or Cool.

When purple (primarily a Cool color) is added to Red it i do not care Burgundy and is COOL. 

When Brown (primarily a warm color) is included to Redit i do not care Maroon and also is WARM. 




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There might not seem to be a great difference inthese two sets of colors but, if you know your skin tone or room trying tounderstand a shade Swatch, this is one easy method to understand the most flatteringcolor because that you.

Use your shade Swatch as a "blending tool" top top anyfabric or garment and also see whether the 2 "sit" happily together.

Alternatively, if you are not sure around thecolor you space choosing, look roughly at several various shades in this colorrange and also the violet tones/brown tones will determine themselves when you putthem alongside each other