A Designer’s Guide to Using Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year

There’s a reason the sunset invites us to pause and take in its splendor—each illuminates the sky in a spectrum of pinks and oranges too beautiful to miss. The peachy hues are a nod to the beauty and abundance all around us. And with that wondrous embrace of the present moment, it’s evident why this soft, velvety shade was named the 2024 Pantone color of the year. Peach Fuzz is all-encompassing, warm, and radiant—timeless and on-trend all at once.

Officially Pantone 23-1023, Peach Fuzz sits softly between pink and orange. After a tumultuous year, the color is a warm invitation to slow down and prioritize our relationships. Introducing the dreamy shade to your home is a wonderful way to create what Pantone describes as “a feeling of kindness and tenderness, communicating a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration.” And from my conversations ahead, it’s clear that designers agree. 

Featured image from our interview with Alex McCabe.

Living room painted in Peach Fuzz pantone color of the year 2024
Image by Suruchi Avasthi

Designers Share Their Takes on Pantone’s 2024 Color of the Year

“I know the selection of peach may feel like a surprise, but after the chaos of the world, the stress, the anxiety, the heaviness—peach doesn’t add to that noise,” says Joshua Smith, Principal and Founder of Joshua Smith Inc. “Rather, it’s uplifting, connecting, and is about lightening up and not being so serious.”

Jenna Morrow, owner and principal designer of Morrow Design Studios has noticed the need for comfort and well-being as well. “Many of us are still recovering from the months of isolation in 2020 as we make up for lost quality time with loved ones and reestablish plans that were delayed,” she shares. “A trend has emerged that places our desire for connection, wellness and gentleness at the helm. The Pantone color of the year, Peach Fuzz, celebrates our pursuit of comfort, care and community.”

Peach fuzz living room.
Image courtesy of Joshua Smith Inc.

How to Incorporate Peach Fuzz Into Every Room of Your Home

If you’re eager to explore Peach Fuzz’s warm and gentle vibes, look no further. We’ve rounded up our favorite ideas, inspiration, products, and designer tips to help you bring the romantic shade into your home.

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Paint 

Painting your walls Peach Fuzz is a fantastic way to add softness and warmth to any space. According to Smith, it can also make a statement when styled in unexpected ways. “Peach is a great color for a ceiling, as it is highly flattering with warm, glowing light bringing out the beauty and softness of the skin,” he says.

Wallpaper 

Pantone collaborated with Spoonflower on a collection of whimsical, peachy wallpaper that can refresh small and large spaces alike. “If adding wallpaper to a full room is too overwhelming, adorn a coat closet instead or place it on the ceiling paired with warm neutral walls,” Morrow suggests.

Living Room Accents

Accessories can enliven any living space with a pop of Peach Fuzz. Consider smaller room accents like throw pillows or table lamps or large ones like area rugs. Pantone also partnered with Ruggable on peachy washable rugs. Not sure what colors Peach Fuzz pairs well with? Pantone has created a few color palettes to help, and Smith loves incorporating peach with blues and greens. “It even works with magenta or purple, which are current obsessions of mine,” he says.

Drinkware

Picture yourself dining al fresco, sipping from a peach-tinted wine glass or coupe. Blissful, right? Come spring and summer especially, peach-colored drinkware will add a bit of flair and fun to your meals, whether they’re indoors or out.

Bathroom Textiles

“Don’t overlook adding color to quieter spaces like your bathroom,” Morrow shares. Peach textiles will add cheer to an otherwise neutral space and will make your morning and evening routines even cozier.

Bedroom Textiles

Diving into a soft and cozy peach bed? Yes, please. Whether you opt for a peach duvet with matching pillowcases or add a peach throw to your neutral bedding, the pop of color will bring a gentle warmth to the entire room.

Florals

Peach Fuzz will be especially welcome in your floral displays come spring and summer, whether you choose to go faux or invest in the real thing. “Add faux florals to your entryway vase or kitchen countertop to extend a gentle welcome that’s as warm as the season,” says Morrow.

Tabletop Styling

Coffee table styling is an art in and of itself, and adding Peach Fuzz-hued vases and coffee table books will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, especially when mixed with a variety of other colors and textures.

Kitchen Accents

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and subtle Peach Fuzz elements like a knife set or dishcloths add an unexpected and uplifting vibe to the well-loved gathering space.

Accent Chairs

Adding new accent chairs will instantly refresh any space, and these peach pieces will no doubt be conversation starters, whether you decide on a leather and white oak chair for the corner of your living room or a velvet barrel chair for a cozy reading nook.


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