How-To & Guides

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.

These Are the Home Design Trends That Will Rule 2022
These Are the Home Design Trends That Will Rule 2022
From nature-inspired interiors to vintage furnishings and tactile finishes, here are the design trends that industry experts predict will dominate in the new year.
By Sarah Buder - a month ago
Ask an Expert: How Can I Make My Home More Energy-Independent?
When you can’t connect to the grid, rely on natural gas, or store enough solar energy, propane can be a dependable way to power your home.
Read These 5 Tips Before Buying Your Next Sofa
The design experts behind furniture brand Model No. share everything you need to know before buying a sofa to ensure it’s as healthy and sustainable as possible.
Sofa Bed Versus Wall Bed: What’s Best for Your Small Space?
Sofa Bed Versus Wall Bed: What’s Best for Your Small Space?
Now that small space living has become more and more common, people are looking for the best types of furniture that will allow them to make the most of their compact space...
Everything You Need to Know About Becoming an Airbnb Host
Ready to share your home with the world and earn extra income? Get started today with our guide to the basics of becoming an Airbnb host.
How the Ancient Concept of “Shakkei” Can Enhance the Beauty of Your Home
The traditional East Asian design principle involves incorporating elements of a distant landscape, or “borrowed scenery,” into a garden setting.
A Helpful Guide to Living Room Lighting
Even if your living area is endowed with ample natural daylight, it's imperative to think carefully about lighting to make sure your space is illuminated the way you want during...
Garden Guide: The Difference Between Hardscape and Softscape
You’ve most likely heard of landscape before, but you may be less familiar with its two main components: hardscape and softscape.
6 Flooring Options to Consider for Your Next Kitchen Renovation
Let's face it: your kitchen floor probably gets the most action of any of the flooring in your house.
How to Bring Light Into Dark Spaces
Maintaining a light-filled interior can be difficult, especially if you’re moving into a compact apartment within a dense development or renovating a cramped, outdated structure.
How to Design With the Color Pink in Your Home
How to Design With the Color Pink in Your Home
The color pink is traditionally associated with many things, including love, luck, and good health; perhaps that's why these homeowners chose to include splashes of the color...
10 Ways to Use Color to Transform a Room
Color has a unique way of transforming a space when used creatively to draw attention or capture a mood.
9 Ways to Create the Perfect Outdoor Lighting
With the official start of summer just around the corner, we decided to put together an easy-to-follow guide to creating the perfect outdoor lighting.
6 Main Things To Consider When Designing Your Home Art Gallery
Whether you just really love art or you're an avid collector, you may want to consider creating an art gallery in your home—a special place where you can display and enjoy your...
How to Throw a Great Party in Six Easy Steps
We captured the highlights of a recent party at Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery’s Los Angeles house for our September 2012 story, “American Pastoral.” As evidenced in the magazine...
Dwell On This: Knock Out These Storage Hacks This Weekend
These quick, easy ways to clear clutter will have you wondering why you didn’t do them sooner.
An Introduction to Kitchen Design
The kitchen has evolved from a closed-off satellite to the most open, doted-upon room in the house—and repository of our dreams of domestic fulfillment.
The Yard Zone
The space outside your walls should be as thoughtfully considered as the space within.
The Utility Zone
Your garage, laundry room, basement, and other nonglam support areas: These are the silent killers of energy-efficiency in your home.
The Living Zone
Let’s talk design for a minute. It’s important to remember that potential modifications to your home must be carefully considered before you implement them.
The Food Zone
Fine-tuning your cooking and dining areas pays off in more ways than just saving resources.
The Whole House Zone
By conceptually dividing your home into zones, you can analyze each of its functions in turn.
At Home in the Zone
Sustainability doesn’t have to mean monasticism and darkness—with this zone-by-zone guide to the domestic world you know best, going green can be both more efficient and fun.
Dwell On This: Rise Above Your Recessed Lighting
Can lights can be mood killers, but there are ways to mellow them out.
Dwell On This: Soundproof Your Bedroom
To stop tossing and turning, you have to tune out the noise.
Dwell On This: How to Actually Organize Your Closet
Let’s just say, there’s room for improvement.
Wood Guide Part II: How to Recognize 5 (More) Common Wood Species
If you’ve dreamed of being able to recognize birch versus cedar or ash versus Douglas fir like a pro, look no further than this guide.
The Top 6 Places to Buy Standout Removable Wallpaper
Dress up your space with these peel-and-stick products—no commitment required.
Chillhouse Founder Cyndi Ramirez Reveals How to Create Cool, Collected Bathroom Vibes
The design and cultural influencer shares her top tricks for creating a serene, modern oasis in even the smallest of spaces, and shares inspiration for her ultimate dream bathroom.
How Technology Can Improve the Lives of Older Adults
Joseph Coughlin, the founder and director of MIT’s AgeLab, shares his insights on aging in place.