2024 Pantone Color of the Year ‘Peach Fuzz’ – Some Say Yay, Others Say Nay
Big news in the world of trends. The color wizards have spoken. “Peach Fuzz” is the new Pantone color of the year for 2024. The color is chosen to reflect what people need at a particular time. 2023’s color seemed to be about power and taking on the world. The end of this year has been brutal for many people. We’re all seeking ease, comfort, warmth, and security. Peach Fuzz seems to be embracing that, but reactions have been mixed. Some think it is warm and beautiful, while others think it looks like a barf.
Pantone describes the new Peach Fuzz color this way;
Pantone Peach Fuzz captures our desire to nurture ourselves and others. It’s a velvety, gentle peach tone whose all-embracing spirit enriches minded body and soul. A cozy, comforting hue cultivating compassion and heartfelt kindness.
Here’s what people in real life say.
“I love it. This is the color of white people.” When I pressed further and asked if this person, who wishes to remain anonymous, is saying this is color white people would like, the response was, “No. I mean, this is the actual skin tone of a Caucasian person.” As soon as I heard this, I realized that this color matched my foundation makeup.
It suits fluffy earrings, suede shoes, gloves, and cashmere. I’m not sure about cars, kitchen appliances, or electronics,” said Cathy Paul, an always on-trend New York fashionista.
Judith Harch of Delray Beach, Florida, said, “Gorgeous, like a blush.”
Diane Franco, also from Delray Beach, said, “I like it. It’s a nice alternative to cream or beige—a soft and great color accessory. I happen to know the man who invented the Pantone color chart. He’s a good friend of my cousin, designer Dennis Basso.”
“It’s pretty… kind of soft and warm. I should probably transition to these colors instead of my black, white, and gray. It reminds me of my granny,” said Erin Kreunen, Dallas, Texas.
Friend since college, Jessica Reinhard, who is always in the know about fashion and beauty of the arts community in Fredrick, Maryland, said, “It’s horrible. It looks like the ‘flesh tone’ crayon from the 1970s.” It sounds like she’s been speaking to the one who made the “white people” comment.
Kate Gallagher, interior designer and tastemaker extraordinaire from New York, had this to say. “I really like it!! It’s soft, easy to look at, and nice for an accent. It’s perfect for a bathroom, a woman’s or girl’s bedroom, a hall accent, or somewhere that needs lightening up.
One friend, who also wanted to remain anonymous, is not a fan. “It just isn’t bold. It’s washed out. It’s like a color you paint a bathroom in a cheap beach motel. It’s also a vomit color. Isn’t the name also a term used for when young men try to grow facial hair? Grosses me out.”
Theresa Bowman, a Delray Beach woman, thought it was beautiful.
The range of emotions this color seems to evoke is fantastic. You may have noticed that the color you surround yourself with can drastically affect your mood. The colors chosen for interior design are essential for this exact reason. Blues are said to make some feel sad. We’ve all heard of singing “the blues.” Blue also makes people feel serene and calm. Dark blues give a feeling of reliability, trust, and dependability. Yellows are happy, bright, and cheerful. Red is exciting and passionate. It also can scream danger. It’s no accident that stop signs are red. Creams and light pinks are warm and fuzzy, but shocking pink evokes a different feeling.
The Color of the Year for 2023 was Viva Magenta, a color many quickly embraced for its bold, attention-getting look. It was great for clothing and accessories such as eyeglasses and scarves. People were back in the world in full swing and wanted to embrace everything life offered. Viva Magenta screams, “I’m here.” Pantone described it as empowering. “Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration…”
It’s interesting to compare the description of Viva Magenta to Peach Fuzz. It shows how much mood and attitude can change in just one year. Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, describes the 2024 color this way;
In seeking a hue that echoes our innate yearning for closeness and connection, we chose a color radiant with warmth and modern elegance. A shade that resonates with compassion offers a tactile embrace and effortlessly bridges the youthful with the timeless.
The Pantone website makes Peach Fuzz, a color I initially scoffed at, sound comforting and inviting. You can picture it as cuddling with a fluffy dog while reading a book and drinking tea. The site shows images of walking and talking, art class, boba tea, yoga, and my favorite book club. It’s about harmony and self-care. We could all use comfort these days, and a small thing like the Pantone color of the year may be the accent color that can bring more joy to our lives, or it’s a reminder that we could all die from a flesh-eating virus. You decide.
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