Clueless what to register for in the Kitchen Decor

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

For me, all white is a little boring, but it might be what’s right for you. Where are you planning on registering? I have Fiestaware for my everyday china and I think it’s great. It comes in a wide variety of colors, is durable, and is USA made. I don’t think you really need decor for your kitchen besides registering for appliances, flatware, place settings, etc. Dish towels and stuff like that are really cheap, so I don’t think you need to get stressed out about that.

Post # 4
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Good info here by @cmbr: (Reply 2)

Try to pick out things you love, that go together, and will stand the test of time (definitely think QUALITY… in so much as I was married over 20 years and still have some nice things from when I was first married)

Small appliances will last a long time… youll be surprised by their longevity... so I would say play it safe go White, Black or Stainless.  All 3 Colours look ok with most other things in decor... so if Blue is in this year, and Yellow 10 Years from now... youll still be good to go.

Dishes last a good long while too…

Day to Day dishes should be something that makes you happy.  White is HUGE now.  Very commercial lookiing and can go with everything.  But they can be a tad boring after awhile.  Nothing wrong with colour or pattern.  In reality day to day dishes wear out over time as they are put thru a lot.  Some lines are open stock (so you always add more) and some are just boxed sets.  If you buy a boxed set buy at least 8 servings.  If you don`t buy China for entertaining… then buy 12 servings.  Off the rack Boxed Sets I find have a life expectancy of about 10 years.  Open Stock often is around for 15 or more years before a company closes out a design… altho there are some that go on for ever.  (This is true for china too)

If you like to entertain… are moving up the corporate ladder… or planning a bunch of kids nothing wrong with looking at registering for Good China.  China isnt cheap... so it is something of a luxury... nice to get as a Wedding Present.  Pick out something you love, dont worry so much about timeless here, as every Bride / Mom has china from her timeframe and still loves it and it gets oooohs and aaaahs.

If you want China, then you next are going to want some decent glassware as well.  Delicate Crystal is lovely… but it is very very fragile (and expensive).   Personally Id opt for cheaper glassware (can still be crystal) cause then you wont feel bad when a piece breaks… and they will break.

Cutlery.  Real Silverware is very expensive… altho gorgeous.  It takes some time to clean / maintain… but is fabulous… and makes a nice family heirloom too.  Again this is a place you can cut back on buy just ensuring that your day-to-day cutlery is durable (Stainless Steel) and can do double duty in styling.

Pots & Pans – These are the heavy workers in the Kitchen.  Buy QUALITY.  A good set should last you around 15 to 20 years (you will tire of it, before it dies)


Servingware, Barware, Cookware, Bakeware… cover a long list of “accessories”… you can certainly incorporate some colour here if you like.  Out of this list Servingware & Cookware tends to last the longest (Casseroles, Serving Bowls, Trays, etc).

Gadgets – Have fun… there are tons of great stuff to fill up your Utensil & OTHER drawer

Linens – Tablecloths, Napkins, Runners, Placemats… Tea Towels, Hand Towels.  This stuff is fun & colourful.  Except for Tablecloths, everything else has a relatively short lifespan.  Plan accordingly.

Cookbooks – IF you only have one cookbook in your kitchen… make sure it is The Joy of Cooking !!

Decor – Window Treatments, Pictures, Canisters, Bread Box, Spice Rack, Knife Block, PT Dispenser, Garbage Can etc.  All very nice (you can add what you need or like).

Hope this helps,


Post # 5
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Jacquelinesc84:  I’m in the opposite camp from the pp.

I love white dishware. Nothing makes food look better than a white plate.

I’m also a fan of stainless steel appliances because they will go with any kitchen you happen to end up with.

We also have a chrome dishrack with a black drain tray.

You can bring in colors with your tea towels, As the pp stated, they are inexpensive, and you can change your accent color anytime.

If you have a favorite color, register for silicone oven mitts and kitchen tools in that color. Even of they are in the drawer, they are a sweet surprise. Or, you can display them in a stainless steel holder.

I prefer a simpler look, so no curtains (no window), no pictures, no canisters or bread box on the counter. All dry staples are in canisters in a pull out drawer, stainless steel garbage and recycling are in pull out trays under the sink. The only things on the counter are the coffeemaker, a knife block and the toaster.

Post # 6
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Do you have colors in mind? I’ve always wanted a red & white kitchen… mmm red appliances.

Post # 8
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Jacquelinesc84:  Most stores offer a registry guide.  This guide will provide a list of items that are popular registry items. 

My suggestion is to think of things you want and also think of things that you wish to upgrade or replace.

  1. Bedding- sheets and comforter (can get a nice set separately or there are bed in a bag options)
  2. Bathroom- towels, washclothes, floor mat as well as accessories (trash can, soap dish, tissue box holder)
  3. living room- frames, vases,
  4. barware- ice bucket, shakers, wine fridge, wine bottle holder
  5. kitchen- appliances- toaster oven, microwave, mixer, food processor, blender, salad spinner,
  6. kitchen- dishes- I like colorful plates…. i actually did not register for plates as I found an awesome set at Homegoods….. I am not a fan of fine china as no one really seems to use it anymore and it just takes up a lot of space 
  7. Pots and Pans- different size saute pans, a pasta pot, a sauce pot
  8. butcher block and knives
  9. Kitchen gadgets- utensils (spatulas, spoons, tongs), cutting boards, towels

I am a fan of stainless steel appliances.  Kitchenaid and Cusinart make an entire line of kitchen appliances that are all the same color. 

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