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.

20 Modern Farmhouse Design Ideas That Are Irresistibly Chic
20 Modern Farmhouse Design Ideas That Are Irresistibly Chic
A balanced blend of rustic and refined, the modern farmhouse style continues to be a rising trend. We break down our favorite modern farmhouse looks—inside and out.
By Christin Perry - 7 days ago
4 Reasons Why Alder Is a Trending Wood
4 Reasons Why Alder Is a Trending Wood
Eco-friendly, easy to work with, and cost-efficient, alder wood is having a moment in the world of building materials.
 - 8 days ago
7 Basic Types of Lighting Fixtures—and When to Use Them
7 Basic Types of Lighting Fixtures—and When to Use Them
From sconces to pendants, and recessed to track lights, we illuminate the seven basic types of lighting fixtures.
 - 9 days ago
7 Effective Ways to Soundproof Your Home Office
7 Effective Ways to Soundproof Your Home Office
Block out noise and distraction by soundproofing your home office.
 - 21 days ago
4 Smart Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value When You Renovate
4 Smart Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value When You Renovate
During your next home renovation, choose changes that aren’t just about picking the hottest paint color; instead, add true value to your home.
 - 22 days ago
Top 10 Questions to Ask a Contractor During an Interview
Top 10 Questions to Ask a Contractor During an Interview
Rest assured knowing your renovation project is in good hands by asking a potential contractor these key questions during an interview.
 - a month ago
9 Critical Tips to Read Before Kicking Off a Home Renovation
9 Critical Tips to Read Before Kicking Off a Home Renovation
These home renovation tips will help you avoid any unnecessary problems, costs, and headaches that can sometimes come along with a remodel.
 - a month ago
4 Smart Home Upgrades You Can Make in a Weekend
4 Smart Home Upgrades You Can Make in a Weekend
You've heard the phrase "work smarter, not harder." Here are quick, easy smart home upgrades you can knock out in one weekend.
 - a month ago
What it Really Means When a Home Has Good Bones
What it Really Means When a Home Has Good Bones
Find out how to determine whether a home has “good...
 - a month ago
How to Choose the Right Vanity For Your Bathroom
How to Choose the Right Vanity For Your Bathroom
These seven tips will provide you with everything you need to know for selecting a new vanity that fits your space, style, and individual needs.
 - a month ago
7 Big Lessons to Learn From Tiny Home Design
7 Big Lessons to Learn From Tiny Home Design
Acclaimed for being sustainable, affordable, and adorable residences, tiny homes are also superb teachers when it comes to organization and design.
 - a month ago
7 Key Tips For Owning Cacti, According to a Cactus Expert
7 Key Tips For Owning Cacti, According to a Cactus Expert
Don't let another spiky companion bite the dust.
 - a month ago
3 Smart Home Devices to Sell Your House Faster
3 Smart Home Devices to Sell Your House Faster
Offering new conveniences, energy savings, safety, and security, pre-installed home automation devices are quite appealing to buyers.
 - a month ago
The Smartest Way to Buy Furniture Online
The Smartest Way to Buy Furniture Online
Avoid unwanted surprises and dodge disappointment by following these six easy tips for buying furniture online.
 - 2 months ago
5 Vital Tips For Sticking to Your Renovation Budget
5 Vital Tips For Sticking to Your Renovation Budget
Keep things from getting out of hand with these insider tips.
 - 2 months ago
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.
 - 2 months 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.
 - 2 months 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...
 - 2 months 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...
 - 2 months 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.
 - 2 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months ago