Guides & How Tos

If you’re ready to funnel your ideas and inspiration into your own project, Dwell is here to help with resources, guides, and how-tos. These articles give you practical advice and information about everything from the best types of tile for your kitchen renovation to interior design tricks for creating a polished, midcentury modern look.

5 Key Tips For Picking Out New Kitchen Cabinets
5 Key Tips For Picking Out New Kitchen Cabinets
Avoid feeling overwhelmed when selecting new kitchen cabinets by focusing on these five tips.
By Kate Reggev - 4 days ago
5 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your IKEA Furniture in Under an Hour
5 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your IKEA Furniture in Under an Hour
Give your IKEA furniture a quick facelift with these DIY tips.
 - 10 days ago
Construction Diary: Building a Forest Haven With Olson Kundig Architects (Part Two)
Construction Diary: Building a Forest Haven With Olson Kundig Architects (Part Two)
In the second half of his construction log, creative director Lou Maxon chronicles the building of his modern forest retreat with Olson Kundig Architects—and tells us his lessons...
 - 12 days ago
Construction Diary: Building a Forest Haven With Olson Kundig Architects (Part One)
Construction Diary: Building a Forest Haven With Olson Kundig Architects (Part One)
Seattle–based creative director Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying 21 acres, and building a modern home with renowned firm Olson Kundig...
 - 12 days ago
Building 101: How to Navigate the Architect-Contractor-Client Relationship
Building 101: How to Navigate the Architect-Contractor-Client Relationship
Architect Cary Bernstein gives constructive advice: know what you want, who you're working with, and how much you can spend. And be patient.
 - 17 days ago
Top 8 Ceiling Fans Under $250
Top 8 Ceiling Fans Under $250
Our favorite fans will beat the summer heat—without going over budget.
 - 18 days ago
5 Artisan Tile Companies That Can Elevate Your Home
5 Artisan Tile Companies That Can Elevate Your Home
One-of-a-kind tiles bring color and dynamism to your home—and have the power to transform spaces.
 - 19 days ago
6 Essentials You Need For Your Next House Hunt—And 4 That You Don't
6 Essentials You Need For Your Next House Hunt—And 4 That You Don't
The next time you plan to walk through a new door, don't forget these key essentials.
 - a month ago
10 Critical Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home
10 Critical Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home
Buying a property is one of the biggest purchases you can make. Before choosing one to call your own, ask yourself these 10 realtor-approved questions.
 - a month ago
Here’s How to Achieve Professional Lighting Design in Your Home With a Simple Switch
Here’s How to Achieve Professional Lighting Design in Your Home With a Simple Switch
NOON light switches let you coordinate all the lights in your home with one touch, meaning setting the mood for any occasion with scene-based lighting has never been simpler.
 - a month ago
Building 101: How to Work With an Interior Designer
Building 101: How to Work With an Interior Designer
From defining the scope of work to knowing when to compromise, here's what you need to know about working with an interior designer.
 - a month ago
Top 8 Products to Invest in For a Healthier Home
Top 8 Products to Invest in For a Healthier Home
Invest in these eight appliances and smart gadgets for a healthier, more pleasant home environment.
 - a month ago
How to Furnish Your Vacation Rental For the Best Guest Experience
How to Furnish Your Vacation Rental For the Best Guest Experience
Whether you’re renting out a spare bedroom or an entire home, these furnishing tips can help elevate your holiday rental to the next level.
 - a month ago
Building 101: How to Work With a Contractor to Create Your Dream Home
Building 101: How to Work With a Contractor to Create Your Dream Home
Here's what you need to know before undergoing a building project with a contractor but no architect.
 - a month ago
How to Choose the Right Type of Kitchen Sink For You
How to Choose the Right Type of Kitchen Sink For You
Read on for all the pros and cons to keep in mind while making an educated decision about installing a kitchen sink.
 - a month ago
Building 101: How to Work With a Contractor When You Have an Architect
Building 101: How to Work With a Contractor When You Have an Architect
Read this before you embark on a project working alongside a contractor and an architect.
 - 2 months ago
5 Totally Unexpected Flooring Materials For Your Home
5 Totally Unexpected Flooring Materials For Your Home
These may not be the first flooring materials that come to mind, but they sure will make a statement.
 - 2 months ago
Here’s How a Family Business in Brooklyn Handcrafts Top-Notch Headphones
Here’s How a Family Business in Brooklyn Handcrafts Top-Notch Headphones
In a world awash with cheap electronics, Grado Labs in Sunset Park is in its seventh decade of building headphones largely by hand.
 - 2 months ago
Top 6 Online Sources to Buy Budget-Friendly Artwork
Top 6 Online Sources to Buy Budget-Friendly Artwork
There's no faster way to make a space come alive than by displaying alluring pieces of art. Here are six of our favorite sites that won't break the bank.
 - 2 months ago
Top 6 Backsplash Materials to Consider For Your Kitchen Renovation
Top 6 Backsplash Materials to Consider For Your Kitchen Renovation
Whether it's tile, glass, stone, metal, brick, or wood, there's a wide variety of functional backsplash options out there to choose from.
 - 2 months ago
8 Quick Tips For Saving Water (and Money) at Home
8 Quick Tips For Saving Water (and Money) at Home
There's no doubt Mother Nature—and your wallet—will thank you for following these quick, easy tips.
 - 2 months ago
7 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Can Whip Up in Minutes
7 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Can Whip Up in Minutes
These do-it-yourself, chemical-free solutions are healthier for both you and the environment.
 - 2 months ago
8 Creative Alternatives to Expensive Wall Art
8 Creative Alternatives to Expensive Wall Art
These budget-friendly artwork selections can instantly add personality to your home without breaking the bank.
 - 2 months ago
These 8 Toddler Room Ideas Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again
These 8 Toddler Room Ideas Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again
When designing a bedroom or play space for your growing child, let your imagination run wild to encourage learning and curiosity.
 - 2 months ago
4 Tips to Know When Decorating With Illustrated Wallpaper
4 Tips to Know When Decorating With Illustrated Wallpaper
Wallpaper designer Sian Zeng shares four mighty wise tips to note when styling with patterned paper.
 - 2 months ago
6 Modern Paint Colors That Make a Bold Statement
6 Modern Paint Colors That Make a Bold Statement
Get inspired by these bold colors that speak volumes when it comes to marrying style with personality.
 - 2 months ago
7 Easy Ways to Give Your Kitchen Appliances a Cosmetic Upgrade
7 Easy Ways to Give Your Kitchen Appliances a Cosmetic Upgrade
These surface treatments can give your kitchen appliances a quick, cost-effective makeover.
 - 2 months ago
Read This Before You Hang Up New Artwork
Read This Before You Hang Up New Artwork
These seven tips will teach you how to create a home gallery like a pro.
 - 2 months ago
6 Popular Houseplants to Avoid When You Live With Pets
6 Popular Houseplants to Avoid When You Live With Pets
Calling all pet parents—while these houseplants can undoubtedly liven up your home, they can also be quite dangerous for your furry friends.
 - 2 months ago
8 Critical Things to Check Before Buying a Home
8 Critical Things to Check Before Buying a Home
Don’t neglect these critical—yet often forgotten—areas when purchasing a home.
 - 2 months ago