Color(s) of the Year for 2024

Pantone, the global color authority, named its Color of the Year selection for 2024. The company said its Pantone 13-1023 Peach Fuzz is a "velvety gentle peach whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul."

The color was described as warm and cozy shade highlighting Pantone's desire for togetherness with others and the feeling of sanctuary that brings a feeling of tenderness and communicates a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration.

“A cozy peach hue softly nestled between pink and orange, Pantone 13-1023 Peach Fuzz brings belonging, inspires recalibration, and an opportunity for nurturing, conjuring up an air of calm, offering us a space to be, feel, and heal and to flourish from whether spending time with others or taking the time to enjoy a moment by ourselves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, Pantone Color Institute. “Drawing comfort from Pantone 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, we can find peace from within, impacting our wellbeing. An idea as much as a feeling, Pantone 13-1023 Peach Fuzz awakens our senses to the comforting presence of tactility and cocooned warmth.”

Wood Mode takes a Pantone view
Kreamer, Pennsylvania-based Wood Mode said the warmth and softness exuded by Peach Fuzz creates an "ideal aesthetic for crafting inviting kitchens, uplifting living spaces, and nurturing baths."

While Peach Fuzz is likely to be lived out through transitional elements like wall color and accessories, the more permanent fixtures of home design such as cabinetry offer the opportunity to complement this tone. “Wood stains have evolved significantly in the past few years as homeowners are seeking the familiarity of a classic look, but appreciate something modern and a little unexpected,” said Rod Hunter, general manager for Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry. “Some of our most recent matte finish introductions explore the look of wood as if it were influenced by natural surroundings or elements but then amplified in a way that cannot normally be achieved organically. With a range of soft grays and lighter wood tones that almost read pink, these finishes would pair beautifully with Pantone’s Peach Fuzz palette.”


For a hardware element, the company said that warmer metallics such as brass and bronze are natural choices for warmer colors. But one step closer to peachy orange and pink tones are the modern hardware finishes achieved through mixing the look of traditional metal alloys.

“Color is an amazing thing. I love how there is an immediate, tactile response to Peach Fuzz as warm, soft, and inviting,” said Knikki Kennedy Grantham, creative director for Belwith Keeler Décor Solutions. “Belwith Keeler tries to achieve the same when we formulate our finishes. Our Champagne Bronze finish is an ideal pairing with Pantone’s Peach Fuzz. Champagne Bronze is a blend of satin nickels and golds that land perfectly in the middle, with a warm, rich golden undertone, silky satin finish, and ideally poised brush strokes.”

AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year 2024 is Sweet Embrace - an opportunity for designers and woodworkers in furniture, flooring, cabinets and building products to provide a warm, calm and liberating environment for customers amid changing times.

Sweet Embrace is a welcoming pastel pink inspired by soft feathers and evening clouds. It reflects the findings of global trends – that in an uncertain world, people are looking for belonging and reassurance. They are also in need of more peaceful environments and looking for joy in their everyday experiences.

“Choosing Sweet Embrace as our Color of the Year 2024 reflects our extensive research into global social, design and consumer trends for 2024. This research found that, in a changing environment, we’re on a quest to belong. We need places that make us feel calm, but which also provide moments of joy. Identified by our in-house paints and coatings color experts and international design professionals, these trends will influence how we choose our colors,” said Henri Bijsterbosch, Color Marketing Manager for AkzoNobel’s Industrial Coatings business.

PPG Industries
PPG named Limitless as its 2024 Color of the Year. The company said the contemporary honey beige shade offers infinite design and styling possibilities for residential and commercial interiors and exteriors. consumer products and industrial applications. "Subdued, sophisticated and calming, Limitless reflects a shift in consumer preferences towards warmer, less saturated colors for everything from automobiles to architectural elements."

Along with this signature shade, PPG’s global color experts curated a color palette of more than 40 complementary hues, organized in three distinct color palettes, or “volumes.” The first features soft, grounded colors; the second includes earthy greens, florals and energizing blues; and the third is a beautiful mix of playful and dramatic colors.

Limitless, when combined with colors from these palettes, feels very warm and soothing, yet also highly curated and elegant. Together, the collection tells the overarching story of how cultural undercurrents are shifting toward optimism, creativity and introspection.

Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams introduces its 2024 Color of the Year Upward SW 6239, a breezy and blissful shade of blue that evokes the ever-present sense of peace found when slowing down, taking a breath and allowing the mind to clear.

"Upward SW 6239 represents the gentle forward momentum in all of our lives," said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. "It brings to life that carefree, sunny day energy that elicits a notion of contentment and peace. With this color, we invite our consumers to take a pause and infuse a new sense of ease and possibility into their spaces – one that doesn't overwhelm, but rather establishes meditation and tranquility."

Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore released its Color of the Year 2024 as Blue Nova 825 – an intriguing blend of blue and violet that sparks adventure, elevates, and expands horizons. Inspired by the brilliance of a new star formed in space, Blue Nova beckons us to unknown places in search of new experiences.

“Blue Nova 825 is an alluring mid-tone that balances depth and intrigue with classic appeal and reassurance,” said Andrea Magno, Color Marketing & Development Director at Benjamin Moore. “The Color Trends 2024 palette tells a story of duality – juxtaposing light against dark, warm and cool, showcasing complementary and contrasting color pairings. These contrasts invite us to break away from the ordinary to explore new places and collect color memories that shape the hues used in our homes.”

 

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Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).