Formal dining room walls tend to be decorated in dark hues and may have architectural features such as wainscoting and crown molding done in dark discolorations. Removing molding and paneling might not exactly be cost‐effective, but color is. Choose colors that encourage a casual, inviting mood. Hues of white allow the room's other elements to stand out. Pastel hues are restful, while neutral shades such as gray and beige match any decor style. Banish formal window treatments in favor of floaty sheers or simple Roman or matchstick shades.
A dining room is where appearance meet enticement. Your eating area must have an appealing feel to it and really should also be arranged and clean, so that your guests or even family members can focus on eating and having a generally good time.
Consider stacking flatware than lining it along the trunk of the hutch somewhat. Line the trunk with your decorative trays and serving pieces, then place shorter stacks of plates in front of it so they will be ready to be used.