Twisting open the blinds, you smile at the springtime sun filtering through the wooden slats as it kisses your peachy-coloured walls. Tying your cotton dressing gown a little tighter, you make a fresh pot of coffee while listening to the sound of birdsong floating on the balmy morning air – the perfect way to spend a calm, peaceful Sunday.
“Peach Fuzz makes your walls look like they’re being caressed by a late summer Mediterranean sunset. It’s a soothing, relaxing colour with the perfect balance of gentle, uplifting energy.”Lyz Igwe, Colour Expert, Dowsing & Reynolds
Nestled between pink and orange, Pantone’s 2024 Colour of the Year, Peach Fuzz, is described as a ‘velvety, gentle peach tone.’ With a focus on ‘enriching and nurturing the mind, body and soul,’ Peach Fuzz is designed to reflect our desire for togetherness, while the name represents a softer, more tactile approach than last year’s energetic ‘Viva Magenta’ hue. Slightly retro in style, the shade’s poetic vintage undertones act as a subtle nod to the past, with a reimagined airiness that brings it into the 21st century.
Keep it neutral
The term ‘neutral’ was once used as a blanket description that mainly encapsulated white, grey and cream, however in recent years, we’ve seen it broaden to cover a spectrum of grounding shades, from sage green to coffee-inspired taupes.
When paired with earthy interior décor accents like open shelving and reclaimed wood furniture, Peach Fuzz can slot in as a neutral colourway that enhances your aesthetic.
Try adding subtle peach touches through things like cushions, artwork and even hardware like your switches and sockets – you can easily swap these out if you decide the shade isn’t for you.
If you’re feeling braver, you could use large furniture pieces in a peachy shade to add depth and character to neutral spaces.
Try adding an accent peach chair to your living room, or if you’re particularly good with reupholstering, you could refresh your headboard for a pop of peach in your bedroom.
Create balance with darker shades
Take a more modern approach to Peach Fuzz by pairing it with darker hardware.
A black tap in the kitchen will help to dial down the retro 80s influences of Peach Fuzz, while matt black handles against peachy-coloured cupboards will add a touch of drama to the soft shade.
If black feels too stark a contrast, give navy or grey a go. They’ll have the same effect but will blend harmoniously with peach rather than make a bold statement against it.
With Peach Fuzz being on the neutral side of a colour scale, it’s the perfect alternative to white and cream for a slightly more uplifting interior shade.
If you’re thinking of colour-drenching your space in Peach Fuzz, consider also painting the ceiling – this will give the illusion of more height.
Finish the look with switches and sockets in a matching colour for a seamless colour-drench that won’t interrupt the eye.
Show us yours
Have you used peach fuzz in your home? We’d love to see how you’ve styled Pantone’s Colour of the Year – tag @dowsingandreynolds on Instagram and share your inspiration.