Whether you choose to do the island or not (or want to wait and do it at a later date) you can still use a lot of the furnishing for both designs. So if you decide to do the island at a later date you will not need to purchase new pieces.
I know we talked about adding subway tile to the back splash. This would add a lot of character to the kitchen. So I will link the peel and stick option and a real tile option.
Keeping decor simple in a kitchen is key. You don’t want your countertops to appear full or cluttered. So a basic canister set, some wood cutting boards, and some plants is what I recommend.
I also do not recommend placing items on top of cabinets. This drawer the eye up and stops. Creating a visual boundary that will make your wall look short. Without anything on top of your cabinets the ceilings appear taller.
Removing the piece above you sink will also help with the cabinets and ceilings feeling taller.
You can also see I added in a gray section to the design above. That way you can see a sectional in the design. You would just replace the two sofas for this one sectional. All the other furnishings would stay the same.