Every winter, the world’s design authorities share their color choices for the upcoming year. One of the top firms in this space, Pantone, just announced that its 2024 Color of the Year is Peach Fuzz (13-1023) and describes it this way: “A cozy peach hue softly nestled between pink and orange, Peach Fuzz brings belonging, inspires recalibration, and an opportunity for nurturing, conjuring up an air of calm, offering us a space to be, feel, and heal and to flourish from whether spending time with others or taking the time to enjoy a moment by ourselves.” That’s quite a task for a color!
Why should you care? “Our emotions, behavior and decisions are directly influenced by color,” shares color trend expert Fawn Chang. With a background in design psychology and interiors, she looks at color selection from a multi-faceted perspective.
I also reached out to Chicago-based Jennifer Hyman, who is both a real estate and interior design professional, and Baton Rouge-based interior designer Rachel Cannon. (All three interviews were conducted via email.) “Pantone’s Peach Fuzz is a delicate soft color and perfect for creating calming cozy spaces,” Hyman observes.
“This kind of color is great for creating warmth and ambiance,” shares Cannon, “especially when we are bombarded daily with images on social media of cold, white, and black spaces that lack any personality at all. Those rooms might be cool to look at, but they aren’t much fun to experience in real life.” Peach Fuzz is definitely an invitation to sunny fun.
“Adding a little bit of Peach Fuzz to your décor will bring uplifting, happy, social, playful energy to your spaces,” Chang recommends. It can inspire conversation and play, appetite, digestion and fun, but use with caution, she adds. Being in the orange family – fast food chains’ seating choice to inspire movement and hunger! – a little bit goes a long way!
How To Use
Chang suggests using it to update smaller items, including as cozy upholstery, sumptuous bedding and thirsty towels. “In a blue room, adding a decorative item or chair in Peach Fuzz will draw your attention directly to that item,” the color pro notes. Hyman agrees, suggesting it for textural and sensual fabrics in the primary suite. Cannon sees it on velvet upholstery, rugs, lamp shades and decorative details (passementerie in the trade).
Hyman points to this hue as a color that could soften a tech-heavy space: “If we had a new construction build or rehab with all the new technology. I’d bring in Peach Fuzz to signal the ‘home-y’ and coziness potential in the space while reinforcing that the builder and designer are on top of all the trends.” She would guide them toward large format artwork and welcoming bouquets near the home’s front entrance.
When it comes to built-in features, Chang advises, “I might consider using it on base cabinets, and perhaps on window fashions, especially in north-facing rooms where the light tends to be more blue and flat.”
“I love using unexpected colors in our interiors!” declares Cannon, adding, “Give me a high-gloss lacquered library right now!” The designer does point out, “It certainly evokes a joyful vibe, so if any space is intended to be a more serious space, then this might not be the answer.”
Where To Use
“I’m a fan of using it in a bedroom, but I would also advocate for it in a dining room, a foyer, a home office, or a powder room,” comments Cannon, adding, “Any space where you want to emphasize coziness!” She has used this peach color family in a primary bedroom, she says, and feels that it still looks fresh and inviting years later.
“Peach Fuzz as an accent is fun, gender-neutral color that is good for game rooms, family rooms, even living rooms,” Chang suggests. She also sees it as a fun color for a powder room or bathroom, even a closet, “as the warm tones of Peach Fuzz can give a healthy glow to the skin while in that room.” It can also enhance a kitchen or dining area as an accent to stimulate appetite and conversation.
In rooms that are short on natural light, Peach Fuzz can add a sunny glow, Chang notes, but keep it as an accent. “If a bigger dose of the color is desired, Peach Fuzz would be a good color to be used in rooms where people spend little time or where there is little natural daylight as it will bring a happy glow to the space, but again, be aware of the time the people will spend in the room.”
“If I had a client with a strong sense of self and radiating confidence, a Peach Fuzz colored tile back splash in a kitchen would be such a bold choice!” declares Hyman. “It would look beautiful paired with light natural wood or light neutral beigey white painted cabinets, brushed antique gold hardware, and ceramic pendant light fixtures. You would ‘know” this homeowner without having any deep conversations, just by being in such a space,” the designer/Realtor adds. It would also work well in a retro space with pastel blue or green tile, she observes.
“It’s not a paint color to be used for staging a home to sell. This is the color you bring in after you’ve made that perfect house your perfect home,” Hyman cautions, donning her sellers’ agent hat. “If a home seller wanted to play up the new qualities and show they are up to date on trends in their home to potential buyers by using Peach Fuzz, I would advise against making any additions that would convey with the home. The color is too ‘of the moment’ and to a buyer who is not up on trends might give them an unwelcome flashback to 1995 when southwestern pastels and Navajo prints dominated.”
Chang cautions against using it heavily in bedrooms, playrooms or nurseries. In rooms where you’ll spend less than two hours, Peach Fuzz can bring warmth and delight. In other spaces, it can be overwhelming in large quantities. “As an accent in any room, this color can uplift the spirits, but more than just a small accent can create stress resulting from overload: the body will want to move away to a calmer environment,” the color pro adds.
Cannon concludes, “Our eyes were made to see color, so let’s embrace it and really start to lean into what our mental health would benefit from – some visual stimulation intended to create a mood!” Sounds peachy, doesn’t it!