January 11, 2024

Finding Peace and Calm with Peach Fuzz, the 2024 Pantone Color of the Year

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For the last 25 years, the world famous color consultants at Pantone have declared a Color of the Year that both reflects the current zeitgeist and forecasts trends to come. For 2024, they chose Peach Fuzz, a pale orange shade that embodies tranquility and warmth in its soft, fruity hue. It’s a color we expect to see a lot more of in 2024.

The Art and Science of Trendspotting

At the core of every color trend lies a meticulous and fascinating process, led by the experts at the Pantone Color Institute. Their annual selection of the Color of the Year is the culmination of an intricate journey deeply rooted in research and cultural understanding.

The process begins with a global exploration of color influences. The team at Pantone scrutinizes the world of high fashion, noting the hues that dominate the runways of major fashion capitals. These fashion trends often serve as precursors to wider color trends in design. But the analysis extends beyond the catwalks. Interior design trends are equally influential, offering insights into the colors that will soon adorn our living spaces.

Pop culture also plays a pivotal role. The Pantone team observes the colors that emerge in influential films, art, and even social media trends. These elements collectively offer a snapshot of broader societal moods and changing consumer preferences.

The Psychology of Color in Design

Human psychology is also an integral aspect of their research. Colors evoke emotions and communicate messages. The Color of the Year is thus chosen for its ability to resonate with the collective consciousness, reflecting not just aesthetic trends but also the emotional and psychological state of society. This complex process of trendspotting is what led to the selection of the calming Peach Fuzz for 2024, because, after a tumultuous year, calming influences are in high demand.

“We’re going through a lot of turmoil in our lives, and we have a need for a color that’s nurturing,” said Pantone color specialist Leatrice Eisman. “It’s a warm and cozy shade. And it’s very tactile. We feel that at a time like this, tactility is really important — to touch other people and gather them into our homes.”

The role of color in product design transcends mere aesthetics. It also has the power to evoke emotions and influence perception. This psychological impact of color is a critical element in design, where every hue can tell a story and create an ambiance.

According to Pantone, Peach Fuzz represents a spectrum of qualities essential in today’s world: endurance, optimism, courage, and strength. These attributes reflect a collective aspiration for resilience and hope in challenging times. The color’s soft warmth offers a sense of comfort and stability, which is vital in spaces where people seek refuge and solace.

It’s also a color that is finding purchase with new demographics. “We think of peach as being a significantly nostalgic color,” said Eisman. “More frequently a woman’s color. And yet it has been adapted and gathered into men’s wardrobes and surroundings. I think that speaks to the modernity of the shade.”

Integrating Peach Fuzz into Your World

At The Iron Shop, we understand the profound impact of color psychology in our designs. Our staircases, known for their architectural beauty, are embodiments of the homeowner’s personality and style. Incorporating warm and soothing colors aligns with a desire for a comforting and uplifting space. Whether through subtle accents or bold statements, the use of color in our staircases can transform a space into a haven of tranquility and strength.

We invite you to explore how this captivating color can be a part of your home. Our design-forward staircase solutions offer a unique opportunity to incorporate beautiful colors into your living spaces, turning an ordinary staircase into a centerpiece that resonates with contemporary style and emotional depth.

The Iron Shop combines four generations of old world craftsmanship with the latest manufacturing technologies to build beautiful, thoughtfully-designed, and easy to install spiral staircases that will make any building more functional and attractive. That’s why we have been the leading name in spiral staircase kits since 1931.