As 2023 wraps up, it’s now time to look toward a new year.

A new dawn. A new day.

A new era. One that will probably still include the same escalating global conflicts and economic pressures that have emerged since the pandemic – but at least we can hope it won’t.

As Time Magazine absolutely mails it in by picking a pop star as the 2023 Person Of The Year – in an effort to avoid looking like they have a position on what is currently happening in the Middle East – The most inspiring news story that has been served up this December is the Pantone Colour Of The Year.

The global colour-matching company, Pantone, has chosen the colour “Peach Fuzz” as the official colour of 2024.

Peach Fuzz is described as a heartfelt hue bringing a feeling of kindness and tenderness, communicating a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration. A warm and cozy shade highlighting our desire for togetherness with others or for enjoying a moment of stillness and the feeling of sanctuary this creates.

Recognised within the Pantone colour-matching system by it’s code number 13-1023, Peach Fuzz is expected to take Instagram by storm over the next 6 months – as hyper-competitive home renovators and fashionistas rush to keep up with the new look.

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has been dictating which of their colours wins “Colour of the Year” – with one for Winter and One for Summer.

The selected colour purportedly connects with the global zeitgeist, and in times of war and plague – peach fuzz feels like what the world needs right now.

However, one Betoota Grove-based millennial trophy wife insists she was on to Peach Fuzz well before this multinational corporation declared it popular.

“We’d had this booked in for months” says Stella Screentime (32), one of her generation’s very rare stay-at-home mums, as she gestures to her new kitchen.

“We’d decided on Peach Fuzz well before Pantone. We just couldn’t get the painters in until this week”

However, even with all of the toxic accusations currently being peddled around town by her online observers, Stella doesn’t care if she’s accused of following Pantone’s lead – because she’ll still be the first to drop the 13-1023 aesthetic on Instagram.

“We’ll beat the Zara summer range at this rate” she says.

“But yeah, we were always had this planned. Do you know how long it takes to book in Peach Fuzz engineered stone for the bench”

“I do this every year. So I know, it’s not a week turnaround”


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