What Colors Make Burgundy?

Burgundy is a rich shade of red, brown, and just a touch of blue. It is named after the Burgundy wine. Burgundy’s purple undertone is produced by the interaction of the colours red and blue. Brown is the result of combining any primary colour with its complimentary colour.

Red, brown, and blue can be combined in a variety of different ways to create burgundy. More red or more blue might be included to create a burgundy that is brighter or deeper in tone. Red, green, or blue hues work better than yellow and purple hues to produce a brown base for burgundy.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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