Last year we asked the same question, and got an overwhelming number of insightful responses. So, for our 25th Blog-Off, we’ve decided to revisit the topic for the new year!

We’d also like to revisit our popular infographic from last year, and find out more about the successes of those trend predictions. Were there any ideas that never took off? Or trends that were so popular that they’ll still be going strong this year?

Why We’re Asking:

We’re all making resolutions for 2012, and when it comes to our home improvement goals, it’s always good to have a healthy dose of inspiration. In the race in to keep your place updated, even a year can make a big difference when it comes to finding new innovations and ideas.

We’re turning to the experts for help and asking them to weigh in right here in the comments. What does this mean? Homeowners will get the unedited answers directly from the experts. This is the forum to learn everything you need to know about next year’s trends.

So experts, it’s time to weigh in:

What are the home improvement trends for 2012?

What trends will be popular this year?

Designers: what is hot right now in terms of design, color, styles, and more?
Contractors: what new materials, techniques, types of projects, fixtures, layouts, and more will dominate 2012?

Most importantly, which trends are going to last and which ones will fizzle as passing fads? Which trends from last year have stood the test of time?

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!