Antoni Porowski Says His Kitchen “Pet Peeve” Is This Cabinet Hardware Finish

published Apr 26, 2021
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Antoni Porowski is the culinary expert of the “Queer Eye” crew, which means he already finds himself in the kitchen a decent amount. But in this past year, like most others, Porowski has spent more time than ever getting to know his own home — and, as a result, has learned how his kitchen should change to meet new wants and needs.

We spoke with Porowski, who’s recently partnered with HelloFresh, on what’s shifted in his kitchen within the past year and what design trends he’s seeing right now. See below for the three kitchen trends Porowski highly recommends, plus one that he won’t touch with a six-foot spatula.

Lean into green and blue cabinets.

Porowski has also hopped on the colorful kitchen cabinets trend, leaning especially into greens and blues. One example in particular that he called out was Charlotte Ronson’s and Nate Ruess’s kitchen that was featured in Architectural Digest a few years back. Porowski described their sage green cabinetry as a “creamy, warm green that’s really inviting.”

Keep all appliances out on display.

While this one might have you scratching your head, Porowski has a simple explanation as to why he likes to keep everything out at all times — to help his kitchen feel lived in. “I’m not one of those minimal, keep everything stored away, keep everything tidy,” Porowski said. “A lot of the appliances that I use on a daily basis, I like to have out. I like it to be very exposed so I walk in and I’m very excited and I’m ready to be there.”

Bring on the patinated brass and nickel.

We’ve touched on the colors in the kitchen, but what about the hardware? For Porowski, it’s all about patinated brass, which tends to give off an aged look. And if he’s going for a colder metal, nickel is the way to go.

But avoid chrome and brushed brass.

For some, a pet peeve is leaving the lights on. For others (Porowski), it’s incorporating chrome and brushed brass into your kitchen. The reason: it’s just too shiny.