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.

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.
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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
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.
 - 5 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Building 101: How to Work With a Contractor When You Have an Architect
Building 101: How to Work With a Contractor When You Have an Architect
Read this before you embark on a project working alongside a contractor and an architect.
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5 Totally Unexpected Flooring Materials For Your Home
5 Totally Unexpected Flooring Materials For Your Home
These may not be the first flooring materials that come to mind, but they sure will make a statement.
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Here’s How a Family Business in Brooklyn Handcrafts Top-Notch Headphones
Here’s How a Family Business in Brooklyn Handcrafts Top-Notch Headphones
In a world awash with cheap electronics, Grado Labs in Sunset Park is in its seventh decade of building headphones largely by hand.
 - 6 months ago
Top 6 Online Sources to Buy Budget-Friendly Artwork
Top 6 Online Sources to Buy Budget-Friendly Artwork
There's no faster way to make a space come alive than by displaying alluring pieces of art. Here are six of our favorite sites that won't break the bank.
 - 6 months ago
Top 6 Backsplash Materials to Consider For Your Kitchen Renovation
Top 6 Backsplash Materials to Consider For Your Kitchen Renovation
Whether it's tile, glass, stone, metal, brick, or wood, there's a wide variety of functional backsplash options out there to choose from.
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8 Quick Tips For Saving Water (and Money) at Home
8 Quick Tips For Saving Water (and Money) at Home
There's no doubt Mother Nature—and your wallet—will thank you for following these quick, easy tips.
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7 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Can Whip Up in Minutes
7 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Can Whip Up in Minutes
These do-it-yourself, chemical-free solutions are healthier for both you and the environment.
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8 Creative Alternatives to Expensive Wall Art
8 Creative Alternatives to Expensive Wall Art
These budget-friendly artwork selections can instantly add personality to your home without breaking the bank.
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These 8 Toddler Room Ideas Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again
These 8 Toddler Room Ideas Will Make You Want to Be a Kid Again
When designing a bedroom or play space for your growing child, let your imagination run wild to encourage learning and curiosity.
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4 Tips to Know When Decorating With Illustrated Wallpaper
4 Tips to Know When Decorating With Illustrated Wallpaper
Wallpaper designer Sian Zeng shares four mighty wise tips to note when styling with patterned paper.
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6 Modern Paint Colors That Make a Bold Statement
6 Modern Paint Colors That Make a Bold Statement
Get inspired by these bold colors that speak volumes when it comes to marrying style with personality.
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7 Easy Ways to Give Your Kitchen Appliances a Cosmetic Upgrade
7 Easy Ways to Give Your Kitchen Appliances a Cosmetic Upgrade
These surface treatments can give your kitchen appliances a quick, cost-effective makeover.
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Read This Before You Hang Up New Artwork
Read This Before You Hang Up New Artwork
These seven tips will teach you how to create a home gallery like a pro.
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6 Popular Houseplants to Avoid When You Live With Pets
6 Popular Houseplants to Avoid When You Live With Pets
Calling all pet parents—while these houseplants can undoubtedly liven up your home, they can also be quite dangerous for your furry friends.
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8 Critical Things to Check Before Buying a Home
8 Critical Things to Check Before Buying a Home
Don’t neglect these critical—yet often forgotten—areas when purchasing a home.
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Designing Your Home Around a Central Piece of Art—Your Front Door
Designing Your Home Around a Central Piece of Art—Your Front Door
Your front door is one of the biggest pieces of art in your home. Here are a few ways you can focus your home’s style around your threshold.
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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.
 - 7 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.
 - 7 months ago
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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