Making sure your kitchen is up to date relies on more than just a lick of fresh paint every so often. A kitchen is subject to the trends and styles of interior design just as much as any room in the house, especially with the importance that it has garnered as a social area as well as a food preparation area. Gadgets There is a whole host of useful technology available for your kitchen, with more advancements being made on a seemingly daily basis. From appliances that work in tandem with your iPad or tablet to boiling water taps, almost every job can be made easier with the assistance of technology. Although many of these are not exactly the cheapest additions to your kitchen, they are certainly incredibly useful. Read our previous blog post for our top 5 most useful kitchen gadgets. Choose your Materials Picking the right materials for your cabinetry and worktops is just as important as the colours you opt for. Certain materials will not work together in an aesthetic sense, and that’s before you incorporate the cost and quality of said materials. Surfaces like laminate may be cheaper to purchase and install, but they are far, far less durable than worktops like granite and quartz. Corner Sinks For those kitchens where space is at a premium, a corner sink can be a fantastic addition that enhances the look of the room without taking up too much space. A corner sink can work with any type of worktop, and it can add a unique feel to your kitchen, so decide whether it would suit your style and your room and you may be pleasantly surprised. Utilise Space With the modern kitchen being full of appliances, it can be very difficult to figure out where to place them properly and as such worktops can become cluttered and cramped. Organise your appliances by usefulness – if you aren’t going to use something very much, then it doesn’t really need to be visible until it is needed. Open Shelves Opting against the enclosed shelving that is used by many kitchens, open shelving can make your room seem more spacious. As well as the aesthetic aspect, it can also make it easier for you to reach bowls, dishes and plates. The minimalistic nature of open shelves means that they do not have such an impact on the overall appearance of your kitchen as cupboards would do. Touchstone Worktops are specialists in the supply and installation of granite, quartz and natural stone worktops from the world’s leading brands. We pride ourselves on the quality of our materials and our workmanship, so get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help you.