The beginning of the new year means looking forward to all the exciting improvements and trends that 2012 will bring. It’s about identifying the best ways to make your home more affordable, more environmentally friendly and more comfortable for you and your family.

To get a glimpse of the future, we asked our panel of home improvement experts to shed a little light on the biggest trends of 2012.
Below, you’ll find our 5 expert award winners and their inspiring comments. Keep an eye out for our follow-up article, where we’ll bring expert opinion and research together for a comprehensive look at home improvement trends in 2012.