Shaping moods with the hues you choose

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April 28, 2002|By Jill Kubatko | Jill Kubatko,Sun Staff

In the 1970s, the pop group Chicago sang "Color My World." Today authors, paint companies, Web sites, magazines and interior designers all want to help you discover your world in color. Shades of green have restful, natural, soothing effects on the human psyche, as do blues and taupes. At the other end of the spectrum, bright reds, yellows and oranges bring excitement, conversation and emotional responses.

Paint companies are turning to peaceful palettes to enhance your mood and give a sense of harmony. This year Glidden's paint monikers, such as Naturally Calm, a medium beige, and Violet Hush, a soft yet deep shade of plum, conjure up serene moments. Glidden also offers peel-and-stick color chips to take home to see how you feel about the color in your home setting and lighting. Glidden is available at Home Depot stores.

Benjamin Moore's Serenity Collection offers 48 palettes, including Vintage Comforts, Soothing Neutrals and Tranquil Whites. The company has taken the search for the perfect color a step further by pairing complementary or harmonious colors with the color of your choice on a simple card, thus eliminating guesswork as to what works for your walls. Benjamin Moore paints can be found at Budeke's Paints in Fells Point, Reisterstown Road, Timonium and Putty Hill.

For more on color, take a look at this month's House and Garden magazine, which has dedicated its pages to "How To Make Color Work For You." The issue offers its annual color list, which focuses on groupings of colors such as green and yellow, black and white, and red, orange and pink. House and Garden answers the question, "Why blue is America's favorite color (think Ol' Blue Eyes, feeling blue, the sky and ocean hues)?" Other topics include domestic-bliss hues and crystal's effects on color. Readers also can explore the Baccarat factory in a behind-the-scene look at the creation of the world's most dazzling color crystal. Find the magazine at local drug stores and bookstores.

After you've got the colors you want inside your house, try tackling the outside with the help of color consultant and author Bonnie Rosser Krims. Her latest book, The Perfectly Painted House (Rockport Publishers, 2002, $24.99), gives 25 distinct color schemes, paint manufacturers, trimming ideas and beautiful full-color (of course) photographs. Find Krim's book at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

For more colorful commentary and the science of color, try http: / / colormatters.com to learn how color affects our minds, our reactions, our vision and the world, and www. colorvoodoo.com, which guides you through the use of color in a concise, richly illustrated, color-accurate format.

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