1st photo, this design works. the contrast the painted cabinetry offers, in my opinion, makes this work.
2nd photo, can you say LOVE THIS!! I love the Soapstone flooring tiles by Vermont Soapstone. (Whether a timber frame home or not, this is a fabulous option).
How about cement tile?
Loving the tiles also, but so many choices…I would need an Interior Designer. ANDIE are you available?
Back to the wood flooring…if there is enough interesting character, I’m in!
So, timber framing + wood flooring = YES.
Timber framing + soapstone tiles = Yes yes!
Cement tiles get my vote also.