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Palette of popular colors fits four phases

Now that we are in a new year, let's explore the color palettes that have the potential to explode onto the decorating scene. "In uncertain times, we find comfort in the memories and traditions that provide us with a sense of solid ground," said Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. This year, Sherwin-Williams has selected 24 colors as guaranteed favorites, and they are categorized into four groups: Rooted, Treasured, Simplified and Refreshed. Scripps Howard News Service

Rooted: With the economy in turmoil, we need a sense of stability and control. People are spending more time with family and close friends — in essence, becoming rooted. This group of colors has neutral hues that evoke feelings of security and calm. The neutrals in this category include earthy browns and desert tans, spicy reds and deep blues. There is even a soothing deep purple in the collection.

Treasured: There is beauty in the natural aging process, and time-tested hues can bring fond memories of the past. The colors in this group feature muted shades of brighter tones, reflecting the glory of ages past. There is a mustard-yellow and a smoky blue layered with shades of gray and indigo. There are also robust browns and a gently faded verdigris.

Simplified: Most of us have been paring our lives down to a minimum, yet we still want our homes to look graceful. In this group, that paring-down translates into calming whites and grays. It is a sophisticated palette, as the color group also features a buttery yellow and a muted lilac — simple and elegant.

Refreshed: When things seem to spiral out of control, it is certainly in our best interests to focus on the good. Optimism is key. This color collection offers botanical blues, violets and sunshine yellows. It has a bright garden-green and juicy grapefruit and tangerine hues — fun, carefree colors.

Try out some colors

Take a picture of the room you would like to paint. Upload it onto the Color Visualizer at and experiment with different colors that you would like your room to be. There is also a toggle that lightens or darkens the color you've selected.

At your fingertips: Want to experiment even more? Whether you're on a remote beach or in the back yard, if you find a color you love, you can bring it into your living space with ColorSnap. Available for download at, this free color-matching iPhone app allows users to match a favorite color with more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams hues.

Palette of popular colors fits four phases 01/12/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:14am]
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