Just about nowhere else in your house do electrical fittings have to put up with more abuse in terms of electrical items being pulled in and out of sockets, and dirt and grease building up around them, than in your kitchen. This is because your kitchen is one of the highest “Traffic” areas in your house and wall sockets in particular will have to put up with far more abuse in terms of things being regularly plugged in and unplugged from them on a daily basis, and thus be more prone to marking and scratching than just about any other area in your house.
Well you could simply opt to use white plastic switches and sockets in your kitchen as you probably have in the rest of your house, and quite possibly currently have in your kitchen. However if you have just remodelled your kitchen and fitted a new tiled splash back or even a stainless steel splash back, then you may well find that when set against this new background your existing white plastic electrical fittings look out of place and possibly a little on the cheap side of things. If you have just spent a lot of money remodelling your kitchen, it is worth spending a few extra pounds to upgrade your switches and sockets to match the new modern look of your kitchen.
These days when it comes to electrical fittings you no longer just have to stick with boring white plastic ones and you will find there are a wide range of great looking metal finishes available on the marketplace such as stainless steel switches and sockets, particularly if you search online for them.
One favourite that I would recommend in particular to use in the kitchen, due to be an extremely hard wearing and very easy to clean, is the use of stainless steel switches and sockets. This is because they are relatively cheap to purchase, and perfectly safe to use, despite the metal exterior they are just as well earthed as the plastic ones are, easy to fit and are readily available. You can purchase them in a brushed stainless steel finish or a polished stainless steel finish, and they are readily available in all common switch and socket formats meaning that you will never have to mix and match between product ranges.
You will also find that more dirt and grease builds up around your switches and sockets than anywhere else in your house and yet with stainless steel it is very easy to wipe them clean.