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.

How to Take a Dwell Photo
How to Take a Dwell Photo
Dwell architecture and interiors photographer Matthew Williams offers his expert opinion on how to frame a shot and the best time of day for a photograph.
 - 3 years ago
Getting Technical: 5 Types of Wood Joints You Should Know
Getting Technical: 5 Types of Wood Joints You Should Know
No matter if a piece of furniture is big or small, plywood or solid, the type of joint used in production can make or break the item, literally.
 - 3 months ago
Watch: A Conversation With Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo
Watch: A Conversation With Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo
We interview the Japanese organizing expert about the art of tidying up and her new collaboration with minimalist brand Cuyana.
 - 3 months ago
6 Insider Tips For Bathroom Design From the Experts
6 Insider Tips For Bathroom Design From the Experts
Equipped with 25 years of experience designing bathrooms, Melbourne–based GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens gives us the scoop on how to create a polished, functional space.
 - 3 months ago
Material Guide: The Benefits of Building With Concrete
Material Guide: The Benefits of Building With Concrete
After an unprecedented year of earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires, a bright light has been shed on the benefits of building with concrete.
 - 4 months ago
5 Design Tips For a Better Night’s Sleep
5 Design Tips For a Better Night’s Sleep
If you're constantly feeling as if you're waking up on the wrong side of the bed, it might be time to rethink your bedroom design.
 - 3 months ago
An Introduction to Contractors
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 subjects: contractors.
 - 8 years ago
Let There Be Light: 4 Types of Kitchen Illumination
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 comfort.
 - 3 months ago
A Crash Course on Cork: The Eco-Friendly Material That's Popping Up Everywhere
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 beyond.
 - 3 months ago
Pros and Cons: 7 Kitchen and Bath Countertop Materials
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.
 - 3 months ago
Clueless About Gardening? These 5 Smart Planters Can Help
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.
 - 4 months ago
Watch: It Takes 9 Hours For Woodworkers to Make This Shaker-Inspired Chair
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.
 - 4 months ago
12 “Pro-Tips” For Installing Wallpaper in Your Home
12 “Pro-Tips” For Installing Wallpaper in Your Home
Spring is coming and home improvements are in the air. Wallpaper is a great way to freshen up any room in your home, whether it's the entire space or a single accent wall.
 - a year ago
Check Out These Pro Tips For Designing Kitchens and Bathrooms
Check Out These Pro Tips For Designing Kitchens and Bathrooms
Four designers spill their secrets for smart kitchen and bathroom design.
 - 4 months ago
What You Need to Know About Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Homes
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...
 - 4 months ago
Dwell's Top Picks For Bathroom Fixtures to Get You Renovation-Ready
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 that have our seal of approval.
 - 4 months ago
7 Design Tips For a Chef-Worthy Kitchen
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 when designing or renovating your kitchen.
 - 4 months ago
Dwell Made Presents: DIY Wood-Based Candles
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.
 - 4 months ago
Living Green Walls 101: Their Benefits and How They're Made
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 eco-friendly features in buildings across the...
 - 4 months ago
What's the Most Overlooked Feature When Planning a Kitchen Renovation?
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.
 - 4 months ago
How to build a Tiny DIY Trailer on a Budget
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.
 - 3 years ago
5 Terms in Sustainable Design You Should Know
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 help you make sense of them.
 - 7 months ago
4 Easy Steps to Creating Your Own DIY Green Roof
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.
 - 7 months ago
Material Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Terrazzo
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, Italy, as a low-cost flooring option.
 - 6 months ago
A Landscape Designer's 5 Main Tips For Bringing the Outdoors In
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 linked them to increased productivity,...
 - 5 months ago
Secrets You Need to Know When Using Wood in Wet Spaces
Secrets You Need to Know When Using Wood in Wet Spaces
Who says wood and moisture don't work well...
 - 5 months ago
7 Tips on How to Childproof Your Living Space Without Sacrificing Design
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 risk of accidents or laborious cleanups.
 - a year ago
A Guide to Ceramic Versus Porcelain Tile
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 it's best to use each. We have you covered.
 - 8 months ago
How to Furnish a Small-Space Bedroom
How to Furnish a Small-Space Bedroom
Space-saving solutions from Room & Board beautifully make the most of compact bedrooms.
 - 9 months ago
How to Plan Out a Rec Room in Your Home
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.
 - 9 months ago