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… you
ll 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 isn
t 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 I
d 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,