What is the meaning of the color maroon, also including burgundy, plus what does it say about your personality if one is your favorite color, or if you drive a maroon or burgundy car, and what psychological effects can they have?

Color maroon and burgundy are similar colors, dark reds. Both are part of the color red family, and they’re often confused with each other. You will find a visual example below, including HEX and RGB color codes.

Maroon and burgundy color meaning and symbolism.

Differences & Origins of Maroon & Burgundy

Color Maroon is a variant of red, a dark red, with a slight brownish tone. It’s created from a combination of the three primary colors in paint, (Subtractive RYB) red, blue and yellow. It gets its name from the word Marron, which is French in origin. It’s a large chestnut.

Color Burgundy is red with a slight purplish tone. The balance between red and blue has changed to include higher levels of blue, which gives it a purplish tone. It gets its name from burgundy wine, from the French region burgundy.

Color Maroon Meaning

Color maroon and burgundy generally have the same meanings. Such as high status, prestigious, elegant, luxurious, determined, ambitious, sophistication, and confidence. Dark reds like these are often used for the decor and branding for prestigious schools, universities and other institutions.

Wearing, or to drive a Maroon or Burgundy Car

You like red, but you want something a little more sophisticated, luxurious and reserved. It shows someone takes pride in their appearance. They more than likely want to be seen in a particular way which shows a strong interest in what others think of them.

Social status is probably something they often think about and seek. They may want to be seen as rich in a financial way, and also rich in character. Appearance is important, but it would suggest an introverted personality that seeks value in their time alone. It could also show some unconventional thinking, a desire to be unique, and to express themselves without seeking attention.

Personality if Maroon or Burgundy is your Favorite Color

You value greatly your individuality and being unique. You also love luxury items, and you can be a little materialistic at times. You’re introverted and reserved in personality. You like to be seen as a person of wealth, sophistication, and high social status. Generally, how others see and judge you is important to you.

Maroon & Burgundy Color Combinations

Colors that combine well with maroon and burgundy.

Colors that go well with maroon and burgundy include white, various shades of gray, beige, tan, black, gold, and teal. Many of these combinations look elegant, stylish, and modern, ideal for interior design.

Influences – Color maroon and burgundy can increase your energy levels, like red. However, they do it in a more thoughtful, dignified, and controlled way. They encourage seriousness in behavior, and reserved and introverted character traits. As warm colors, they also encourage feelings of warmth, comfort, and they can also stimulate appetites.


  1. This is so true, IAM this way and it is a relaxing color, my apt is full of it , and I love my own company.

    1. They make great secondary colors for home decoration, comforting, classy and sophisticated.

      Thanks for reading.

  2. Yes! Love Burgundy..
    It’s red and it’s purple.. it’s passion and sensual and it is mystery. The best of Red and Purple.
    And it’s not too obvious as red or has a hint of blue as in purple. It is the perfect colour!

  3. I have had a set of Damsk strip sheets, wine/burgundy in color, can’t sleep as calmly in any other color. I am on the hunt for similar ones, as mine are well used. One wall in my bedroom is the same. My husband reluctantly painted my office the same color. Now he likes it as much as I do. He decided to use it in one of the guest bedrooms as well.

  4. oh my! I always use this color in the designs that I create for my business and also in my choice of clothing, decor, etc. I attest to the accuracy of this interpretation as it perfectly describes me. I also like the red orange, and gold color.

  5. Thank you so much .This color really suits me it explains why I chose this color and i understand it now

  6. My favorite color is Teal, although the first car I ever bought was burgundy. I was surprised how well the color psychology described me. I’m looking at this website as a weaver, about to make a table runner for my niece and her new husband. They have Le Tauci “Ceylon Blue” ceramic bowls, a lovely color. Searching through my yarns, the closest color match to the bowls (from a photo) in my collection is a “Dark Teal” 8/2 Tencel. My niece’s husband (Chinese and French-American) likes red and I have a 2 different cones of red that might go with this. I’m inclined toward the redder one, as it has a similar luster / sheen. But the other red is a matte burgundy color and the contrast of textures might be interesting. Searching for Ceylon Blue is how I found your website. Under color-match paint company website, “Azure Blue” was a little closer to Le Tauci’s “Ceylon Blue” than the teal blue on your website, but my Dark Teal tencel is close. My niece is a Teal blue/ Azure person. I would like to add a third color (or 4th) and I’m considering white, tan, beige, or black. I’d like the table runner to work for their everyday breakfast/brunch so I’m ignoring my leaning toward gold. Would White be too stark? or if it is a creamy white-tan, would that provide an adequate foundation for ‘mornings’ ? Thank you for your time.

  7. Wow.. This write up just perfectly mirrored my personality. Coincidentally maroon and the complementary colors listed are exact of what i chose for my living room even stumbling across this article… It perfectly describes me, i love to live in my own world.

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