When a space feels uncomfortable, it's not always easy to pinpoint why. To Peggy Sousa, owner of a 1,500-square-foot shingled cottage in East Hampton, New York, it seemed odd that she didn't want to hang out in her kitchen. Everything worked, and a skylight provided plenty of light. But meal prep was no fun. "I just wanted something that was warmer and cozier," she says.
Sunny painted cabinets and a warm wood island give the kitchen a more traditional feel.
Painted cabinets: Smith River Kitchens