Peach Fuzz

KHAMSA’s latest feature explores the symbolism of life’s colours.

On Friday, December 8, 2023, the Pantone Color Institute announced the colour of the year for 2024. The chosen one would be the peach colour, more precisely the Peach Fuzz 13-1023. It is expected to influence upcoming global trends. Amidst the fashion shows dominated by burgundy, some have spotted early traces of Peach Fuzz.

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For the past 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute has been voting annually for the colour of the year, which is expected to influence global artistic scenes. Indeed, brands use colours to convey subtle messages about their identity, values, and target audience.

“Colour is a critical element of the design process, increasing brand recognition by 87% and influencing up to 85% of product purchases. PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz captures our desire to nurture ourselves and others. It’s a velvety gentle peach tone whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul.”

– Pantone Color Institute

In fashion and design, colours play a crucial role in shaping trends and styles. Designers and fashion creators are constantly exploring new colour combinations to craft unique and appealing looks. Therefore, colour is a fundamental element of marketing, design, and fashion. It influences consumer perception, reinforces brand identity, guides user experience, and contributes to creating visually appealing and impactful products and experiences.

In KHAMSA‘s Colour Calls, we look at the impact Peach Fuzz has had on various realms of everyday life.

١. History & Symbolism of Peach Fuzz

The Peach Fuzz Pantone 13-1023 colour is a soft and warm peach tone, which evokes several symbolisms depending on its context and usage. It is a gentle and welcoming colour, giving it a symbolism of warmth and friendliness. It can evoke feelings of comfort and well-being. Like many peach tones, Peach Fuzz is often associated with soft and romantic qualities. It can evoke delicacy, tenderness, and emotional sensitivity.

Due to its softness and brightness, Peach Fuzz is also associated with innocence and youth. It can evoke childhood memories, moments of purity, and feelings of joy, positivity, and energy. This bright and vibrant colour can also symbolize optimism and vitality.

Peach Fuzz falls somewhere between pink and yellow, giving it a symbolism of balance and harmony. As a trendy colour, it can also symbolize modernity and style. It is often used in design, fashion, and decoration to bring a contemporary and elegant touch.

٢. Peach Fuzz in Fashion

We were able to observe during the previous Spring-Summer 2024 Fashion Week in Paris that the colour began to make its appearance on the fashion runways. This was the case for houses like Balmain and Alaïa, which were already exploring it on long skirts, dresses, and even jackets. It was also spotted at the Fall Winter 2024 runway show of Giorgio Armani.

Clothing in Peach Fuzz tones can be elegant and flattering. Dresses, blouses, skirts, or pants in this colour can add a touch of softness to a wardrobe. This gentle hue is particularly popular during the spring-summer seasons for its fresh and summery look.

Accessories in Peach Fuzz tones, such as handbags, shoes, and scarves, can be used to complement a look and add a subtle pop of colour. These accessories can be paired with neutral outfits to add a touch of colour, or with bolder outfits for a vibrant aesthetic. Peach Fuzz can also be incorporated into makeup to create soft and romantic looks. Eyeshadows, lipsticks, or blushes in peach tones can brighten the face and add a touch of freshness.

٣. Peach Fuzz in Interior Design

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Using Peach Fuzz as an accent colour on a wall can add warmth and personality to a room. Whether in a living room, bedroom, or dining room, this soft colour can create an interesting focal point while maintaining a warm and welcoming ambiance. Accessories in Peach Fuzz tones, such as cushions, throws, rugs, and curtains, can be used to add subtle touches of colour to a space. These accents can brighten up a room and give it a sunny, refreshing feel. Incorporating furniture in Peach Fuzz tones can create an elegant and sophisticated look. Chairs, sofas, or tables in this colour can add a touch of modernity and style to any room. The Sweet Cocktail Bar in Abu Dhabi, UAE by KSh Design Bureau symbolizes this very well.

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Peach Fuzz pairs well with a variety of colours, including white, gray, beige, and green. It can be used as the main colour or as an accent to create harmonious and balanced colour combinations. Lighting plays a crucial role in how colours are perceived in a space. Using warm and soft lighting with Peach Fuzz tones can create a relaxing and comfortable ambiance. Peach Fuzz can be used in a variety of decorating themes, such as Bohemian, Scandinavian, or modern styles. Its soft and warm appearance fits well with different decorating styles and can be used in a versatile manner.

٤. Peach Fuzz in Art

The peach colour itself has been used by many artists throughout the centuries in a variety of artistic contexts. The peach colour, although it may not always be called Peach Fuzz, has been used by many famous painters. Artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and Edgar Degas used peach tones in their Impressionist works to represent soft and luminous skin, as well as landscapes bathed in light.

In Italian Renaissance painting, peach tones were often used in the skin tones of human figures. Artists like Sandro Botticelli and Titian used subtle peach hues to represent the flesh tones of characters in their works. During the Baroque period, peach tones were also present in art, especially in still lives and portraits. Artists like Caravaggio and Diego Velázquez used peach hues to create effects of light and texture in their works. In modern art, artists like Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard used peach tones in their compositions. For example, Matisse used peach tones in his Fauvist works to create vibrant effects of light and colour.

Today, the peach colour continues to be used by many contemporary artists in a variety of artistic mediums. Whether in painting, sculpture, photography, or installation, the peach colour is often used to create visually appealing and evocative works.

Selma Chougar is a French independent journalist of Algerian origin who writes for several magazines based in Paris, London, and Dubai. Culture and societal phenomena in the Arab world are her areas of expertise. She contributes to both French and English-language magazines.