Experts on hand for home show | Drapery Connection

When it comes to home decorating the "classic" look is not only timeless, it's economical.

Interior decorators suggest people working with a budget should avoid trendy colours or home furnishings.

"Most people don't have the money to redecorate their homes from top to bottom every time trends change," said Vicki Walton of Vicki Walton Interiors in Victoria, one of 500 experts available for consultation at the 2006 Victoria Renovation & Design Show, Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Walton suggests rejuvenating your decor by adding little touches: switch rugs, throw pillows, dried flowers and hand towels.

She also suggests changing colours and fabrics to match the season: light, sheer draperies in summer and heavier fabrics in fall and winter.

"You're better off going with something a little more neutral - colours that have stood the test of time," she said.

Earth tones and shades of wine and gold work well in fall and winter, while apple-green, blue and yellow hues are great from spring and summer.

Other experts will be on hand to answer questions about plumbing, roofing and green technology for your home. Creating energy efficient crawl spaces, choosing eco-friendly heating oil and investing in a solar thermal system is not only better for the environment it's better for your pocketbook. Advice and tips from green technology specialists will help consumers find what solutions work best.

The 2006 Victoria Renovation & Design Show will be held Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Rd.

The show will start Friday at 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturday, doors open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free. Call 1-800-471-1112 or visit for more information.

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