A new year means a new Pantone Colour of the Year. Announced in January, the 2024 colour of the year is Peach Fuzz, a beautifully soft peachy-pink. Read on to find out more about this unique shade, and how to incorporate it into your interiors…
Peach Fuzz Explained
The Pantone Colour of the Year is selected based on current trends, both in interiors and lifestyle. Peach Fuzz is said to express the desire for compassion and connection, while nurturing kindness. In addition, it creates a feeling of calm and cosiness. Even the name ‘peach fuzz’ makes us feel instantly warm and cosy.
The shade itself is quite fresh. It’s delicate and light, somewhere halfway between orange and pink. This year’s shade also celebrates the 25th anniversary of Pantone’s Colour of the Year, making it extra special. Pantone has revealed that Peach Fuzz represents our want to be close to those we love and the happiness that we feel when we allow ourselves to fully tune in with who we are. Pantone believes that in the last couple of years, people have come to better understand their priorities and know the value of spending time with those that we love and on ourselves.
The name Peach Fuzz was carefully selected and reflects the shade’s warm and inviting feel, but also the importance of touch.
Peach Fuzz in Interiors
Initially, Peach Fuzz may seem like a tricky colour to incorporate into your home decor, as it’s not a particularly common shade, nor is it pink or orange. Somewhere in between, Peach Fuzz is actually surprisingly versatile. With a bit of a retro feel, it can work well in more traditional-style homes, but it also feels contemporary too, making it ideal if you love to mix and match old and new styles.
Due to being soft, Peach Fuzz can look really beautiful as a wall colour. It looks contemporary when subtly contrasted against white, and it works well in bohemian schemes with rattan pieces and macrame. Plus because it is a light shade, it doesn’t feel too heavy in smaller rooms or spaces that are lacking in natural light, so you can feel free to paint all four walls in this joyful colour.
Peachy-tones can also be added through your home using decorative objects and soft furnishings. If you want to avoid redecorating, pieces such as cushions and throws, rugs, and bedding all present a wonderful opportunity to incorporate this shade.
Add subtle peach tones by being creative. Find a printed fabric that you love that uses just a little bit of peach and introduce curtains, or look for artwork or dried flowers with just a touch of peach. For a colour to be impactful in a space you don’t have to go for bold statement pieces, instead include a few articles with just a touch of peach for a subtle style to pull the whole look together.
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If you do want to go bold with peach, wallpapers and paint colours are a great place to start. You can then layer the look by adding a few accessories in this shade so that the colour runs right through your scheme, for a cohesive feel.
If you’re unsure of where to introduce this colour in your home, you can’t go far wrong with bedrooms and living rooms. Peach Fuzz will be particularly well received in any space where you spend time relaxing, as it creates that cosy feeling. The colour can be used anywhere in your home though. For bathrooms, try adding bath linens in peach, and in your kitchen, why not invest in artisan-made dinnerware and tea towels?
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As previously mentioned, this is a versatile colour that works well with both light and dark furniture. In terms of introducing Peach Fuzz into a space that already uses other colours, this shade works particularly well with dark and rich shades of greens, as well as neutrals such as white and warm taupe. Peachy tones can also work with certain shades of blue, such as dark muted blues and light greys too.
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If you are more adventurous with colour and want to create bold and bright colour schemes, Pantone have put together colour palettes to help you achieve the perfect balance when using Peach Fuzz.
Peach Fuzz has a beautiful meaning behind it. Not only is it a joyful and beautiful shade, it also offers us inspiration for the year ahead, encouraging us to spend more time with our loved ones, but also to carve out more time for ourselves and to work on embracing who we really are. Peach Fuzz celebrates what is really important in life and is a wonderful colour to introduce into your home this year.