I don't know about other launchers but launcher pro will let you Hide The notification bar if you set it that way... and I just set the swipe action for the app drawer to show notification bar whenever I need to see it...very convenient and therefor no color change or root needed.
Also, check out ninjamorph in the market. as long as you have the image on your SD card you can swap the images out. pretty simple actually. you also have the option to edit the original image using sliders.
Glad it worked out for ya... that way you don't ever have to worry about matching notification bar colors. LP is an awesome app...love the fact that you can get 15 functions outta your dock bar with swipe action etc.