When planning a new kitchen for the new decade, then considering what type of appliances you want to install is high on the list of things to specify. Our luxury kitchens can and often do include the latest in kitchen kit, there are many connected appliances to choose from which can be operated from your smartphone. Many manufacturers now offer smart fridges, washing machines and dishwashers which can be controlled by an app or even voice controlled. Neff have a HomeConnect range with ovens which can be controlled by an app including beautiful built-in coffee machines which make many different coffee recipes all which you can control from anywhere in the house, meaning you don’t have to leave your guests to prepare the coffee.

Some refrigerators can even provide updated on the food inside, helping to plan meals, cut back on unnecessary shopping and reduce food waste. If you're thinking about dipping a toe into the IoT world (internet of things) then a Miele cooker hood with Con@ctivity range would be a good place to start. The hood works by intelligently communicating with the Miele hob, it will activate during cooking and work at the correct speed for the heat generated!

As technology improves so can our kitchen life, after all the hub of the home, the room where you spend most of your time, you can make your time spent here easier and more enjoyable. From designer ovens with WIFI technology, built-in coffee machines which make the perfect bean-to-cup just the way you like it or a boiling water tap that supplies chilled, sparkling and boiling water at the touch of a button.

Don't forget the sound system to which will stream your favourite concerto via discreet speakers which work with an app or voice control… of course all these hi tech gadgets come at a price, but if money’s no object then a fully automated kitchen could be just what you need for 2020 and beyond. Imagine coming home after a hard day at work and turning the lighting, music and oven on before you even reach the front door! True Alder + Stone luxury.