What an awesome library! You could do this in any small room of the house... put glass french doors with curtains, and a few good chairs/lamps--- would feel like Mom's library. I like the colored shelves=)
You can't beat stripes for elegance - taupe or dark beige and ivory help create an atmosphere of unadulterated style, particularly when teamed with pale panelling, parquet flooring and well designed and proportioned pieces of furniture. This is a beautiful hallway that exudes charm and sophistication yet is welcoming and bright.
Unconventional colour ideas need to be brought back into the home decoration scene. Stop being afraid of strong colour schemes, take the roller and the paint tray -or call a professional painter- and start beautifying your home with a bright shade. Get a cohesive look.