Interior designer Thomas Peasant shares his secrets on how to choose the just-right white.
With associations that veer towards the pure and simple, it's incredible how complicated choosing white paint can be. When you step into the perfect white room, the space feels balanced. And the opposite is equally true: too-yellow or too-harsh walls can scream out for negative attention. We spoke to designer Thomas Peasant-whose new book, Thomas Peasant: Simply Serene recently came out-and got his advice on how to decipher the paint deck.
1. Decide on a mood
Every shade of white can be linked to an emotional response, so it's important to consider the mood you want before painting. Peasants trick is to imagine the effects of water temperature. "Imagine the brightest pure white as being cold and the warmest ivory being hot. Then, it's easy to determine within the wide range of whites the mood you want to convey. Think of the brightest bold white as a dip into a pool of cool water that