What 2 Colors Make Brown?

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The color brown is made by mixing black and orange together. Although black is not considered a color, it can darken other tones. Brown is known as a tertiary color, which is a type of color that's created by modifying a secondary color.

The depth of the color brown can be changed by adding more or less orange color to black. Adding more orange will create a lighter shade of brown. Conversely, adding less orange will create a darker shade of brown.

Various colors can be added to brown to give it a different tone. For example, red can be added to brown to create a mahogany shade.