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.

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.
By Kate Reggev - 4 days 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.
 - 5 days 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.
 - 6 days 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.
 - 7 days 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.
 - 11 days 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.
 - 11 days 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.
 - 14 days 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.
 - 17 days 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.
 - 18 days 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.
 - 19 days 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.
 - 19 days ago
Designing Your Home Around a Central Piece of Art—Your Front Door
Designing Your Home Around a Central Piece of Art—Your Front Door
Your front door is one of the biggest pieces of art in your home. Here are a few ways you can focus your home’s style around your threshold.
 - 19 days ago
6 Companies That Will Upgrade Your IKEA Furniture For You
6 Companies That Will Upgrade Your IKEA Furniture For You
Elevate your IKEA purchases with the help of these up-and-coming design firms.
 - 20 days ago
10 Design Tips For Kitchens, According to Expert Renovators
10 Design Tips For Kitchens, According to Expert Renovators
From design concept to installation, these 10 tips will guide you through your next kitchen remodel.
 - 24 days ago
7 Ways to Child-Proof Your Home Without Foregoing Style
7 Ways to Child-Proof Your Home Without Foregoing Style
Let your style shine while allowing your adorable little rascals to freely roam with these effective tips.
 - 25 days ago
Experts Reveal the Top 10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Fixer-Upper
Experts Reveal the Top 10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Fixer-Upper
Itching to take a crack at fixing up an old, rundown property? Read these renovation tips first.
 - a month ago
7 Simple Ways to Upgrade a Boring Staircase
7 Simple Ways to Upgrade a Boring Staircase
Staircases and style aren't mutually exclusive, as the following design tactics show.
 - a month ago
Top 7 Resources For Standout Removable Wallpaper
Top 7 Resources For Standout Removable Wallpaper
Dress up your space in minutes with peel-and-stick removable wallpaper—no commitment required.
 - a month ago
7 Effortless Ways to Infuse Metallics Into Your Home
7 Effortless Ways to Infuse Metallics Into Your Home
Add some glamour and warmth to any space with these small, simple touches of metallic finishes.
 - a month ago
6 Landscape Pros From Across the U.S. Share the Plants They Really Dig
6 Landscape Pros From Across the U.S. Share the Plants They Really Dig
Discover gardening ideas from all over the country.
 - a month ago
7 Crafty Alternatives to the Traditional Headboard
7 Crafty Alternatives to the Traditional Headboard
These unusual takes on the classic headboard are sure to shake up your bedroom decor.
 - a month ago
5 Simple Tips For Growing an Indoor Herb Garden
5 Simple Tips For Growing an Indoor Herb Garden
If you thought you had to have a green thumb and lots of space to garden, think again.
 - a month ago
6 Quick Fixes to Eke Out More Closet Space
6 Quick Fixes to Eke Out More Closet Space
You don’t need a custom-designed closet to make the most out of your storage space.
 - a month ago
Get a Grip: A Practical Guide to Cabinet Hardware
Get a Grip: A Practical Guide to Cabinet Hardware
From handles and hinges to latches and catches, here's what you need to know about the different kinds of cabinet hardware on the market.
 - a month ago
9 Effective Ways to Bring Sustainable Design Into the Home
9 Effective Ways to Bring Sustainable Design Into the Home
See if you check off all the boxes when it comes to creating an eco-friendly household.
 - 2 months ago
From Drab to Dreamy: 8 Ways to Upgrade Your Workspace
From Drab to Dreamy: 8 Ways to Upgrade Your Workspace
Don't settle for a gray cubicle—these tips will help you dress up your desk for style and functionality.
 - 2 months ago
Watch: Two L.A. Brothers Nail the Secrets of Limewash Paint
Watch: Two L.A. Brothers Nail the Secrets of Limewash Paint
The sibling owners of Portola perfect a limewash that gives walls the rich character of aged plaster.
 - 2 months ago
6 Ways to Turn Your Home Office Into a Distraction-Free Zone
6 Ways to Turn Your Home Office Into a Distraction-Free Zone
If you thought being productive at home was just another oxymoron, think again. Here are six tips for creating a focus-friendly home office.
 - 2 months ago
6 Quick Tips for Maintaining Wood Countertops
6 Quick Tips for Maintaining Wood Countertops
Warm, glossy, and earthy, wood countertops are decidedly beautiful, but they do require some upkeep.
 - 2 months ago
6 Backyard Landscape Designs That Need Minimal Maintenance
6 Backyard Landscape Designs That Need Minimal Maintenance
These no-fuss landscaping ideas yield gardens that practically take care of themselves.
 - 2 months ago