A Designer’s Take on Pantone’s Color of the Year, Peach Fuzz

A Designer’s Take on Pantone’s Color of the Year, Peach Fuzz

A Designer’s Take on Pantone’s Color of the Year, Peach Fuzz 1440 428 Chute Gerdeman

Have you been seeking comfort, warmth, and joy in the new year? According to our very own designer Zach Uhazy, the 2024 Pantone Color of the Year Peach Fuzz—a velvety peach tone—is here and it does not disappoint.

Peach Fuzz evokes a sense of elegance and enduring charm while transcending trends and staying a design classic. It’s modern yet traditional all at once. But most of all, it’s both comforting and intimate—adjacent to a “grown-up Rose Gold,” Zach says.

Snuggled between pink and orange on the color wheel, Peach Fuzz offers solace and comfort at a time when there is uncertainty in various areas of our lives. “Peach Fuzz is tranquil, like a rosewater bath or a blanket you just took out of the dryer. It feels like the blush you get on your cheeks coming inside after being out in the cold,” Zach says.

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.” – Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

How should retail designers use this color for a modern refresh? How should brands adapt it to attract shoppers to their products and stores? Here are some of our predictions and recommendations for applications of Peach Fuzz in retail.

Peach Fuzz in Retail Design

Peach Fuzz can usher in a feeling of love, ease, and support in the right spaces within the retail environment. The gentle and soothing color can envelop a space like a warm hug or be used in moderation to highlight spaces for intimacy and care.

It’s the perfect complement to those moments in the customer journey when we want to communicate ease and help guests slow down—and many shoppers today say they appreciate a calmer shopping experience. “Blanketing a part of the store in soft tones and materials can help guests relax and feel comfortable—a welcome antidote to the hustle and bustle of busy shopping centers,” Zach says.

Designer’s Take: Use it with muted, calming colors or even pair it with a chromatic palette to add an element of excitement or inject warmth and care into select areas of the retail space.

Peach Fuzz in Materials

Introducing soft and cozy Peach Fuzz into retail store interiors creates a welcoming ambiance. Beckoning us to reach out and touch, this peach hue is prominent across many textures, from suede to velvet, quilt, and fur. Its soft-to-the-touch aesthetic is both alluring and comforting.

“Translucent materials that play with lighting in the space can cast beautiful shadows in a fun way, ushering in the warmth of Peach Fuzz without coating the space in it,” Zach says.

Designer’s Take: Use Peach Fuzz on textural building elements within the retail space to add layers of depth and dimension. Avoid blanketing a space with Peach Fuzz, because without the accompanying texture, the color can fall flat.

Peach Fuzz in Fashion

Consumers are embracing comfort and warmth by wearing Peach Fuzz. Whether boldly rocking a monochromatic peach-toned ensemble or incorporating the cozy tone in accessories or patterns, Peach Fuzz is the answer to today’s bland neutrals.

“We’ve seen the growth of pink fashion since Barbie, but I don’t expect to see bright garish statement pieces that were common in the 2010s in Peach Fuzz,” Zach says. “Rather, I could see this showing up in accessories, bags, casual clothing, and athleisure.”

Designer’s Take: Wear Peach Fuzz minimally to maximize its impact. Choose peach-hued accessories or one statement piece.

Peach Fuzz in Beauty

The contemporary peach tone exudes a subtle, gentle lightness and glow that everyone wants right now. It’s a color that adds an ethereal, reflective touch to hair, creating a natural, rosy glow that complements various skin undertones beautifully. It livens up the skin, giving eyes, lips, and cheeks a soft, warm touch that enhances overall vitality.

“The color feels perfect for beauty and the trends we’re seeing today with natural looks and the prevalence of bareface. It’s a soft, not too far from neutral, color that can be used to provide a warm glow,” Zach says.

Designer’s Take: Look out for nail designs and hair color in Peach Fuzz hues that speak to romance, innocence, and sweetness.

A Peachy Future?

Today, peach continues to be a popular and versatile color choice in retail design and consumer goods, offering a blend of subtlety, sophistication, and comfort. Although we can’t predict the trajectory of this popular color, we can offer some advice on how to use it by looking back at the lessons we learned from our old friend Rose Gold or Rose Quartz, 2016 Pantone Color of the Year. The popular hue shares similar qualities to Peach Fuzz—warmth, femininity, and comfort. At first, Rose Quartz took the world by storm, but as soon as we started seeing it everywhere, the shade lost its impact. Nearly a decade later, it’s just not as special anymore.

Designer’s Take: Let’s not oversaturate the market with Peach Fuzz because that could lead to it losing its inherent sense of intimacy and warmth. It’s better in small, thoughtful doses anyway. Save it for a special space within a store, a beautifully textured material, or a single accessory to wear yourself.

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