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Each to their own

NZ House & Garden, Resene / Colour expert

Debra De Lorenzo uses colour to create individuality.

Debra De Lorenzo of Wellington design studio One Ranfurly finds that projects often start out as “a bit of help with a room makeover”... then turn into a whole house. Debra specialises in kitchens and bathrooms but also designs full residential interiors. She works with her husband Tony “who sometimes helps with random stuff, but he is mainly there for eye candy.”

Debra De Lorenzo

Debra De Lorenzo kitchen

Debra De Lorenzo bathroom

Debra De Lorenzo: Debra De Lorenzo at her own home with Resene Koru weatherboards and Resene Rock Spray front door and gate.  Kitchen: Resene Half Tana walls, Double Alabaster ceiling and Resene Jaguar cabinets.  Bathroom: Resene Sassy ceiling, Resene Pizza cornice and Resene Golden Glow walls.

What do you love about working with Resene colour?

With so many Resene colours available you can give each project its own individual scheme. It is nice to walk away from a job and think “wow, no one else has that palette”. It is all about gently pushing the client into colours and places they love but would never go to if they were on their own. I also love that Resene is a New Zealand company, so understands our conditions and is also environmentally friendly.

Any tips for homeowners when using bolder colour?

A great way to inject drama is to paint the ceilings a bold colour, especially if you have a high stud. You don’t need to keep the ceiling white but if you do, Resene Alabaster has good coverage and complements most other colours. I also think hallways are a great place to use bold colour as you don’t live in them just move through. Opening a door and seeing unexpected colour is so energising.

What are your three current favourite Resene colours and why?

Resene Sassy – I love the name and it is such an intense colour. Resene Indian Ink looks just like its name, a rich dark blue that contrasts beautifully with both neutrals and brights. Resene Silver Chalice in all its strengths. It’s a lovely soft grey that works equally well inside and outside.


NZ House & Garden. December 2021

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