History's Rainbow


January 19, 2003|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,SUN STAFF

What color combinations did the Egyptians favor? How about the Victorians? What kind of color choices were inspired by Pucci dresses, impressionist paintings or even Tupperware?

Living Colors: The Definitive Guide to Color Palettes Through the Ages attempts to answer these and other questions. Authors Margaret Walch, director of the Color Association of the United States, and Augustine Hope, a color and design consultant, examine how colors were used and what they might have meant to the people who used them.

Every two pages, there is a discussion of what inspired a particular palette, such as that in Indian paisley, Rococo interiors, Scottish tartan, the neutrals and brights of the '20s or comic book colors. In the book's facing spiral-bound section, there is a card showing the colors of each of these palettes. Then, if you find inspiration from one of these palettes, you can see how to use them yourself.

Living Colors retails for $29.95 and is available through amazon.com, bn.com and some area bookstores.

From chaos to closet

For some, getting organized means tucking things away where they can't be seen. But after a while, this can lead to closets getting crammed.

Home Depot and Expo Design Center offer a variety of products to help keep storage orderly, too.

The Mill's Pride 10-foot Closet Starter Set (right), available from Home Depot, includes one interior shelf, two 24-inch rods and three 48-inch rods, and costs $49.97.

It can be accessorized with 5-inch or 10-inch drawers ($24.96 each), a 24-inch shelf pack ($14.95) and shoe stackers ($11.96 each).

The Expo Design Center can custom-build and install closets, such as the one shown above in 3/4 -inch maple laminate, with adjustable chrome rods and crown and base molding. (Prices vary depending on accessories, material and size.)

To find a store near you, visit www.homedepot.com or www.expo.com.

Getting cozy

Woolrich is primarily known for its warm outdoor clothing, but you can now bring that warmth indoors with the company's Mountain Star throw (pictured at left, $59).

The 50-inch-by-60-inch acrylic and polyester Sherpa blanket has a brushed-fleece back and can be washed and dried at home. Rich clarets and browns and a star pattern give it a Southwestern flair that will complement many rooms.

Also available is an 18-inch-square throw pillow ($35, right), made of the same material as the throw, but with a green and cream pattern featuring moose and pine trees.

To find a Woolrich retailer, visit the company's website, www.woolrich.com.


* Homestead Gardens, 743 W. Central Ave. in Davidsonville, is holding a birds workshop Saturday at 11 a.m. Andy Brown from Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary will be host of a program that includes samples of bird feeders and seed, mounted specimens, lists of plants that attract certain types of birds and various types of binoculars. The program is $5, and preregistration is required.

To register, call 410-798-5000; for more information, visit www.homesteadgardens.com.

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