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.

50 Bright Ideas For Bedroom Ceiling Lighting
50 Bright Ideas For Bedroom Ceiling Lighting
Create a peaceful ambiance in your bedroom with these exemplary ceiling lighting designs.
By Christin Perry - 5 days ago
Here's Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Home, According to Three Experts
Here's Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Home, According to Three Experts
Buying a home is a longstanding goal for many, but the process of finding the perfect property and claiming it as your own can be challenging.
 - 20 days ago
8 Ways to Master the Cozy Danish Concept of Hygge in Your Home
8 Ways to Master the Cozy Danish Concept of Hygge in Your Home
From wooly throws and warm cups of tea to roaring fires and candles galore—the creators of Hygge Life reveal easy, affordable ways to turn your home into the ultimate cozy setting...
 - 22 days ago
8 Designers and Architects Reveal Their Ideal Gifts For the Season
8 Designers and Architects Reveal Their Ideal Gifts For the Season
From the softest, most luxurious sheet set to a versatile picnic blanket, top designers, architects, and makers give us their picks for the holidays.
 - a month ago
6 Contemporary Kitchen Trends That Will Last For Years to Come
6 Contemporary Kitchen Trends That Will Last For Years to Come
From appliances and lighting to tiles, cabinetry, and shelving, say hello to six modern kitchen trends that are sure to stand the test of time.
 - a month ago
5 Essential Design Tools to Visualize Your Next Project
5 Essential Design Tools to Visualize Your Next Project
Consider these five design tools the next time you’re embarking on a new design project.
 - a month ago
100 Years of Bauhaus: What You Should Know About This Milestone Movement
100 Years of Bauhaus: What You Should Know About This Milestone Movement
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, we delve into its background and profound, lasting legacy on the art and design world.
 - 2 months ago
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.
 - 2 months 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.
 - 2 months 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.
 - 2 months 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.
 - 2 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months ago
Tech Talk: 4 Smart Home Upgrades You Can Make in a Weekend
Tech Talk: 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.
 - 3 months 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...
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months ago
Tech Talk: 3 Smart Home Devices to Sell Your House Faster
Tech Talk: 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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 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.
 - 3 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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...
 - 4 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...
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 4 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.
 - 5 months ago