Here’s tip No. 2 from the author:
Don’t Use Pure White Paint: You probably know this already, but no one (except me apparently) paints anything pure white — and with good reason. There are endless shades of white to choose from — decorator’s white, antique white, white dove — and any of those would have looked infinitely better. In the end I had to paint an extra coat of an off-white to tone down the icy-bluishness of the pure white.