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5 Fun Ways to Use 2013's Color of the Year


Goodbye, tangerine tango. Hello, emerald green. Every year, Pantone LLC, the global authority on color, watches the trends, designers, and brands to see which colors are making a splash. After conducting polls and research, the institute picks one hue that will act as a sort of "running thread" throughout the tapestry of fashion and design trends. Their pick for 2013 is rich, bold emerald green.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature—the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a press release. “It’s also the color of growth, renewal, and prosperity—no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

Growth and prosperity sound good to us! Here are five fun ways to incorporate emerald into your lifestyle in 2013.

1. Eat it. Too easy, we know. But this is SHAPE magazine! We'd be remiss if we didn't see this as a sign that you should load up on even more leafy green veggies in 2013 than you did last year. And since only about 27 percent of Americans eat the recommended three or more servings of veggies per day, it can't hurt, right? Vegetables don't have to be boring. These 16 creative tricks will help you eat more and this mediterranean broccoli salad is not only green but also completely raw. If you prefer to drink your produce, try Kimberly Snyder's famous glowing green smoothie—celebs and readers alike swear by it!

2. Wear it. There's no better time to try the colored jeans trend! Balance the rich jewel tone against a light pink, beige, gold, or white top for a sophisticated look. Need more ideas? Check out these 22 ways to wear green this winter from New York magazine.

3. Go green. Why not make a resolution to be a little more eco-friendly in 2013? Although it can be hard at first, even small steps like using resuable totes when you run errands, shopping locally or eating more seasonally, and taking public transportation or walking instead of driving all count.

4. Paint it somewhere. Because green is seen as representing nature, it's a visually relaxing, soothing color. Often people find themselves most at ease outside on the porch or on a park bench, so why not bring the serenity into your home by adding a coat or two of one of these shades of green to your walls?

5. Save some. Times are tough for many right now, but it never hurts to look over your finances and make sure everything checks out. Bonus: You may even shrink your waistline!


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