As much as I try to box them from the overflowing shelves and guarantee their safety, he is adamant he wants them out on show. His dream is to have large bookcases and you know what, that sounds like a nice idea.
Books certainly infuse a big bit of you into a place and they add a warmth, in my opinion. A house feels lived it, it feels loved with books. But they would be a b**** to dust! (out comes the realist!)
The white really opens up the hallway. Natural light is a must in a hallway if you can get it.