During the winter, many of us seek warmth by a fire or underneath a cashmere blanket. But allow us to introduce you to a new cocooning strategy: Pantone’s 2024 color of the year. The chromatic authority, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Color of the Year program, just announced Peach Fuzz as the hue that will lead the way next year. Softly nestled between pink and orange, the shade is like a hug…but in color form.
While Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, and Leatrice Eiseman, the company’s executive director, described last year’s pick, Viva Magenta, as “assertive but not aggressive,” Peach Fuzz (also known as Pantone 13-1023) is gentle, light, and almost velvety in texture. “You want to reach out and touch it,” suggests Eiseman. “It awakens our senses to the comforting presence of tactility and cocooned warmth.”
So how can you bring it home? A plush rug, quilted blanket, or Moroccan tile are obvious choices given it lends itself so well to textured surfaces. But naturally, we’re partial to applying it in the form of paint. When the light hits just right, the radiant hue will create a flattering glow on your skin that would be much needed in, say, a windowless bathroom or dim bedroom. “When you’re putting on your makeup, it could really help you to feel good about yourself,” notes Pressman.
Peach Fuzz lends itself both to color drenching (aka covering the walls, trim, and ceiling in the same color) and tonal pairings, like Almond Peach and Peach Blossom. Then for something more unexpected, go with yellow, suggests Eiseman. One of her favorites? Sauterne. “Any of those Dijon mustard–y colors—that’s a fantastic combination,” she notes.
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Originally published in Domino
Text by Lydia Geisel