Kitchen island questions...would like your input
Finally, I've decided to go with a small island (no prep sink) and I'm leaning towards a butcher block top. One thing I've really wanted (and what swayed me from work table to island) are built in shelves, facing the seating area.
Here are a few inspiration pictures. While I like the island in an accent color, I'm concerned it will be too distracting. I really like this first picture, but the plate rack will be going between the range and wall oven.
So...what do you all think about the island? The color? The butcher block? Also, with the delft backsplash and creamy white cabinets, do you think this blue countertop would be too dark? It would really pick up the cobalt blue of the woodstove :)
This kitchen has the blue island, but while the tile backsplash is striking, it's a little too busy for me. I'd prefer something like this...
Here's my favorite picture, showing the dark blue countertop...and my more affordable idea to get a similar look :)
And here's the woodstove and my overall plan (with the kitchen) Thanks for looking and I look forward to your input!