Maroon is a dark, brownish-red color, duskier than burgundy and not as powerful as the color red. It can be created by mixing the colors red and violet/blue until the desired color is reached. The term “maroon” is named after the French word for chestnut. The maroon color is often used to represent intense and passionate things like; confidence, creative thoughts, excitement, power, risk, passion, love, ambition, courage, strength, warmth, and beauty. Maroon colors are often seen during autumn and harvest, usually on decorations and on trees when the leaves are changing color.
Where Maroon Color is Used
The color maroon is often used inside schools, on restaurants, on vehicles, on clothing, during many holidays, and on home interiors. Maroon is the school color of over 30 educational institutions in the U.S. Maroon is the main color of the Hollister Co. logo and is normally worn on clothes to draw attention and show sensuality. It can trigger appetite which is why it is used on restaurant logos, on the interior of restaurants, or on the outside of restaurants. Maroon is used on vehicles to show professionalism and passion. It is used on Christmas to represent the blood of Christ, on Thanksgiving to represent harvest, and on Valentine’s Day to show love. Maroon is used inside of the home to show sophistication and expertise.
The Brief History of the word Maroon
In 1789, maroon became the English name for “dark red”, though the color has been used since the 1500’s. In the mid 17th century, maroon was a word that described individuals who were unruly and wild. Authoritative figures would often maroon fugitives on an island so they could not escape. This sense of the word maroon, created in the 18th century, is used as a verb for leaving someone stranded at a deserted place with little survival rate.
Psychology of Maroon
The color maroon can increase appetite, boost adrenaline, and raise blood pressure and heart rate. Using maroon inside the home can cause mood changes and food cravings. Choosing to wear maroon is linked to angriness on a conscious or subconscious level, or it can mean the person is passionate about what they will be doing that day.