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Ditto on the first image. On the second, I like the greater tonal contrast on the front wall in the first image. I'd consider toning down the contrast on the back wall and the floor, but not to the degree in your gentler image. I think that might keep the center of interest on the textures in the wall and keep the eye from wandering back and forth along the corridor. If that makes sense.
Thanks for the suggestion - my normal inclination is toward "harsh", but seeing #2 versus #2a the softness does appear more inviting, at least to me.