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.

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.
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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.
 - 2 months 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
 - 3 months 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.
 - 3 months 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
 - 3 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Only Guide You'll Ever Need For Spring Cleaning
The Only Guide You'll Ever Need For Spring Cleaning
If you've gotten the spring-cleaning fever, put that newfound energy into good use with this ultimate eight-step guide.
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6 Hallway Hacks to Turn Them Into Usable Space
6 Hallway Hacks to Turn Them Into Usable Space
Put your corridors to work as storage, seating, or gallery space with these ideas.
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7 Stress-Free Ways to Keep Your White Kitchen Spotless
7 Stress-Free Ways to Keep Your White Kitchen Spotless
No need to shy away from a brilliant, white kitchen—these pointers will keep your space sparkling clean.
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5 Houseplants You Can’t Kill
5 Houseplants You Can’t Kill
Bring the outdoors indoors to reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve productivity.
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6 Marble Alternatives For Your Kitchen Worktops
6 Marble Alternatives For Your Kitchen Worktops
Bring the sleek, sophisticated look of marble into your kitchen with these cheaper, more durable alternatives.
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7 Essential Tips For Choosing the Perfect Bathroom Tile
7 Essential Tips For Choosing the Perfect Bathroom Tile
If you’re nervous about diving into the dizzying world of tile, read this guide before tackling your bathroom project.
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12 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Rental Home
12 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Rental Home
These easy, effective ways to improve your rented home can be tackled in less than a day—and are budget-friendly to boot.
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7 Effective Tips For Integrating Open Kitchen Shelving
7 Effective Tips For Integrating Open Kitchen Shelving
Although the concept looks effortless and versatile, is open kitchen shelving really as easy as it appears?
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6 Simple Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Renovation
6 Simple Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Renovation
Upgrading a kitchen is seldom a cheap endeavor, but you can save yourself a pretty penny by following these tips.
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10 Things You Should Know Before Moving Into a Tiny Home
10 Things You Should Know Before Moving Into a Tiny Home
Take it from the experts—we asked 10 tiny home owners what they wished they'd known before downsizing.
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8 IKEA Hacks to Bring Your Furniture From Basic to Brilliant
8 IKEA Hacks to Bring Your Furniture From Basic to Brilliant
Brace yourself—you'll be tempted to add each of these clever IKEA hacks to your list of weekend projects.
 - 4 months ago
How to Choose the Right Material For Every Surface of Your Home
How to Choose the Right Material For Every Surface of Your Home
With a variety of surfaces built for any purpose, including facades, flooring, and countertops, Neolith provides high quality, versatile materials fit for every room of the house.
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