Every year, tastemakers from the design worlds of interiors, fashion, products, graphics and marketing wait to discover Pantone’s® “Color of the Year.” Pantone®, the color experts and leading source of trend forecasts and standards for matching colors, has announced the hue for 2024, “Peach Fuzz.”

Peach Fuzz is a color that seems to capture the soft light of a sunrise. It’s like the flush of warmth on a cheek when it’s tickled by the first rays of morning. It’s a subtle, muted shade that’s not quite pink, not quite orange, but somewhere dreamily in between. It’s reminiscent of the delicate fuzz on a ripe peach, suggesting softness, comfort and a touch of playfulness. The hue whispers of early spring blossoms and the velvety skin of a summer fruit, holding a promise of new beginnings and gentle, joyous days within it. This comforting color enriches the mind, body and spirit, capturing our need for compassion and nurturing in a turbulent world.

Peach Fuzz 2024 color
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Integrating the 2024 Color of the Year, Peach Fuzz, into your home can be an amazing way to refresh your space, infusing it with warmth and modern flair. This color, with its soft, warm hues, offers a versatile palette that beautifully complements the mid-century modern aesthetic.

1. Accent Walls: In a room with neutral tones or natural materials, a Peach Fuzz accent wall can be a stunning focal point, adding contemporary style while respecting the clean lines and simplicity of mid-century design.

Peach Fuzz 2024 color of the year

A | Capsula Pill Shape Mirror in Peach/Copper Frame B | Modern Ceramic Planter on Wood Stand
C | Geometric Area Rug D | Mouille Inspired 3-Arm Floor Lamp or Original Serge Mouille 3-Arm Floor Lamp E | Anika Geometric Wallpaper F | Twin Palms Afternoon by Danny Heller
G | Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman H | Saarinen Side Table

2. Furniture Pieces: Consider introducing a statement furniture piece in Peach Fuzz, an upholstered armchair, or a sofa in a living room, which can serve as a striking centerpiece. Its retro vibe aligns perfectly with mid-century modern furniture, especially when paired with wooden elements or metallic accents. Try an Eames Lounge Chair or George Nelson Marshmallow Sofa upholstered in Peach Fuzz leather or suede for a new take on a classic.

A | Toulouse Lautrec Portrait by Artist Peter Max   B | HEX Hand Tufted Silk Rug   C | Pair of Hand-blown Murano Glass Lamps   D | Hyperion Peach Wallpaper by Schumacher E | Abstract Accent Pillow  
F | Caper 3-Seater Sofa by Warm Nordic   G | 1980s Karl Springer Style Credenza

3. Textiles and Upholstery: For a subtler approach, integrate Peach Fuzz through textiles such as accent pillows, rugs, or drapery to add color without overwhelming the space. In a mid-century setting, geometric patterns or textures in Peach Fuzz can blend harmoniously with the design.

4. Art and Decor: Artwork or decorative items in Peach Fuzz can be a nod to the color trend while adding a personal touch to your space. Consider abstract art that includes Peach Fuzz tones or small decorative items like vases or lamps in this color. What’s not to love about Peter Max’s bold graphic portrait of Toulouse Lautrec?

5. Lighting: Warm-toned lighting can enhance the Peach Fuzz color, especially in the evening. Select light fixtures that cast a warm glow to complement the Peach Fuzz elements in your room. These Murano table lamps give a space a luxe Hollywood Regency vibe.

A | Peach Sunrise Glass Tile B | Pulldown Faucet in Satin Copper C | Terrazzo Tile in Sundust
D | Modern Elongated Fish Scale Tile

6. Kitchen and Bathroom: Use Peach Fuzz as a colorful backsplash. In a kitchen, it could be in the form of tiles or kitchenware, while in a bathroom, towels or a bathmat in Peach Fuzz can add a warm, inviting feel. Copper is the complimentary metallic tone to Peach Fuzz, so why not bring in a beautiful faucet celebrating the color of the year?

7. Exterior Use: If adventurous, consider using Peach Fuzz for your front door or outdoor furniture. It can create a welcoming, cheerful facade and pairs well with exterior finishes common in mid-century, traditional and historic homes.

Photo: Courtesy of Pantone®

After a year chock full of Barbie pink, balance is key to using a trendy color like Peach Fuzz. It should enhance and not overpower the existing design elements of your space. Incorporating this airy and inviting color can add a contemporary twist to mid-century modern aesthetics. Enjoy creating a dream-like, magical space like this fluffy, soft and welcoming one from Pantone®, sure to provide comfort and inspiration all year long.

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