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.

An Introduction to Contractors
Architect-author, Dan Maginn of El Dorado Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, gives us the inside track on one of his favorite...
Let There Be Light: 4 Types of Kitchen Illumination
By layering different types of lighting in your kitchen, you boost not only its functionality, but also its level of warmth and...
A Crash Course on Cork: The Eco-Friendly Material That's Popping Up Everywhere
Don’t be surprised if this sustainable material shows up in surprising places, from cushioned flooring, to wall coverings, and...
Pros and Cons: 7 Kitchen and Bath Countertop Materials
We break down the benefits and costs of laminate, wood, concrete, stainless steel, engineered quartz, granite, and marble.
Clueless About Gardening? These 5 Smart Planters Can Help
You may not have a green thumb, but thanks to technology, you can still grow your own herbs and vegetables.
Watch: It Takes 9 Hours For Woodworkers to Make This Shaker-Inspired Chair
Spare, sturdy, almost minimalist—Thos Moser’s signature chair distills generations of know-how.
12 “Pro-Tips” For Installing Wallpaper in Your Home
Spring is coming and home improvements are in the air.
Check Out These Pro Tips For Designing Kitchens and Bathrooms
Four designers spill their secrets for smart kitchen and bathroom design.
What You Need to Know About Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Homes
You’ve heard the term thrown around, but what does it actually mean, and where in the world is...
Dwell's Top Picks For Bathroom Fixtures to Get You Renovation-Ready
Designer and architect Chris Deam did the homework so you don't have to—here are the toilets, showers, sinks, tubs, and faucets...
7 Design Tips For a Chef-Worthy Kitchen
If you have serious culinary chops and take pride in preparing meals that wow your family and friends, keep these tips in mind...
Dwell Made Presents: DIY Wood-Based Candles
Learn how to make your own candles with different types of wooden bases with this comprehensive guide and video.
Living Green Walls 101: Their Benefits and How They're Made
Living green walls may have gotten their start 80 years ago, but they’ve recently become some of the most striking and important...
What's the Most Overlooked Feature When Planning a Kitchen Renovation?
We turned to our panel of Dwell Pros for the answer—here's what they said.
How to build a Tiny DIY Trailer on a Budget
A young couple on the move build a small home that will go wherever life takes them.
5 Terms in Sustainable Design You Should Know
Embodied energy, gray water, black water, carbon footprint—the list of sustainable design terms goes on and on, and we're here to...
4 Easy Steps to Creating Your Own DIY Green Roof
If you've been dreaming of topping your home off with a living roof but want to get the job done on your own, we have you covered.
Material Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Terrazzo
Although the origins of terrazzo go back to ancient Egypt, the material as we know it today was developed by builders in Venice,...
A Landscape Designer's 5 Main Tips For Bringing the Outdoors In
A recent NASA study found that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins within 24 hours, while other studies have...
Secrets You Need to Know When Using Wood in Wet Spaces
Who says wood and moisture don't work well...
7 Tips on How to Childproof Your Living Space Without Sacrificing Design
If you have infants or toddlers in your home—or are about to have a baby—consider childproofing your living space to reduce the...
A Guide to Ceramic Versus Porcelain Tile
Though tile can be found everywhere these days, it's hard to distinguish the difference between ceramic and porcelain and where...
How to Furnish a Small-Space Bedroom
Space-saving solutions from Room & Board beautifully make the most of compact bedrooms.
How to Plan Out a Rec Room in Your Home
The fast pace of 21st-century living can sometimes make kicking back and having fun a challenge, even in your own home.
How to Build an Off the Grid Cabin
Suzanne Shelton’s life work is making sustainable lifestyles attractive and accessible.
Julie Fisher on How to Shop for Furniture
We tapped architect Julie Fisher—who designed the inventive staircase-slide hybrid in our March 2014 issue—for her expert opinion...
See How an Oregon Couple Renovated Their 1966 Airstream
Immediately after buying a vintage Airstream that they planned to renovate, Anna Jacobs and Damian Schmitt feared they bit off...
How to Shape a Shoji, Step by Step
Every Order Miya Shoji Receives is Different, but the Procedure Follows the Same Rough Pattern Each Time.
How to Decorate With Grey
We love grey. (Also: donuts, sunshine and out pets, but I digress.) Grey done right makes any room feel modern and inviting.
How to Build an Outdoor Shower
There's still enough time this summer to do a little DIY and build an outdoor shower in your yard.

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