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Update your dining room with solid silk curtains

Emerald was named color of the year by fashion trend-watcher Pantone, making it the perfect shade for the dining room.

Emerald was named color of the year by fashion trend-watcher Pantone, making it the perfect shade for the dining room.

When decorating your dining room, your aim should be to have the place exude elegance in a seasonally appropriate way. If you don't switch up certain interior design elements throughout the year, you risk losing that formal aesthetic that you strive to capture in such a space.

For example, the heavy velvet blackout drapes you may have relied upon during winter to help insulate the dining room will only weigh the space down once the weather warms up and the days get longer. This is why going into spring you should update the colors, patterns and accessories in this area of the house to reflect the changes going on outdoors.

The perfect place to start is with the window treatments. A great option for dining rooms is solid silk curtains, as these designs have the ability to anchor the look of a room without making the space feel stiff.

Take down those floor-length draperies that had been up during the colder weather and incorporate shorter curtains that will flow more easily in the breeze. After all, when the landscape begins to defrost and the crisp spring air starts blowing, you'll likely be inclined to crack open a few windows to help the house breath.

According to Pantone – a company that watches the latest trends in fashion – the "Color Of The Year" for 2013 is emerald green. If this is your first time updating your dining room since the new year began, consider using this shade to guarantee that your interior design is in tune with the latest fads.

To complement this hue,  use flowers that have emerald overtones – whether in the stems or in the blooms – to make sure the look is completely tied together.