How-To & Guides

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.

Dwell On This: You Only Need These Three Knives
Dwell On This: You Only Need These Three Knives
Any way you slice it, these are your kitchen essentials.
- 6 months ago
How Much Should You Spend on Curtains?
From fabric choices to pleating, interior designers break down how to select the ideal curtains—and how much you should budget.
Dwell On This: Take Off Your Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Welcome to the wonderful world of open shelving.
Dwell On This: Get Behind the Bidet
Dwell On This: Get Behind the Bidet
Here’s why you should upgrade your porcelain throne with a pampering washlet or bidet.
- 6 months ago
Scents of Space: How Fragrance Instantly Uplifts Your Mood and Mindfulness at Home
In interior design, the power of smell is often overlooked. Three experts share strategies for using scent to shape and enhance your experience of home.
Dwell On This: Don’t Be Shy—Paint Your Ceilings
Trade in that white canvas for a statement ceiling.
Dwell On This: Ditch Your Extraneous Kitchen Gadgets
Be honest—are you really using that herb infuser?
Dwell On This: It’s Time to Rearrange Your Plants
Need a change of scenery? Try forming new plant cliques.
What You Need to Know When Considering Working With a Landscape Designer
Thinking about working with a landscape professional on your home garden? Here are some basic tips you need to know to get started.
How Much Should You Spend on an Area Rug?
Our experts advise on choosing an area rug by pile, construction, size, and placement—and how much it’ll cost.
7 Tips for Creating Your Own Home Meditation Zone
7 Tips for Creating Your Own Home Meditation Zone
With all the benefits that come with meditation, it makes sense to set aside a place in your home for this life-enhancing practice, even if it's a space that's technically made...
- 4 years ago
6 Main Tips to Consider When Designing Your Home for a Growing Family
Designing a home is a big commitment. An even bigger commitment is deciding to grow your family.
An Introduction to Lighting
One of the oldest proclamations in Western literature—maybe the very oldest, depending on how you see things—is “Let there be light.” And for most of human history, whether we...
Interior Designer Michelle Lisac’s Advice on Making a Magical Laundry Room
The Californian designer shows us how to spruce up a utilitarian space.
Interior Designer Lauren Geremia Shares Her Tips for a Bedroom Revamp
The San Francisco–based designer explains what to invest in—and where to experiment.
Interior Designer Brigette Romanek Teaches Us How to Set the Scene in a Living Room
Plus, six recently released sofas that match rounded rectangular shapes with rich hues.
Give Your Home a Quick Refresh With This Room-by-Room Guide
When you’re not ready for an overhaul but still want to spruce up your space, sometimes changing one or two things can be transformative.
Interior Designer Stephanie Dyer’s Remodeling Tips for the Kitchen
The Portland, Oregon, designer explains how to approach kitchen renovations both large and small.
Ask an Expert: What Is Biophilia, Really?
Yes, it’s about plants. But it could also be the key to a healthier home.
How Much Should You Spend on a Wall Sconce?
Wall sconces are versatile, space-saving fixtures that can act as functional art in the home.
How Much Should You Spend on Kitchen Countertops?
Top designers dish on the best countertop materials for your kitchen—and their attendant price tags.
The Definitive Guide to Prefab Home Companies in Your State
Prefab home companies across the U.S. are striving for a smarter, faster way to build.
21 Resources on Redlining’s Role in Cementing the American Wealth Gap
A decades-long housing policy that segregated U.S. cities still plagues Black communities today.
Here’s How to Support the Protests Against Police Brutality
Protestors across the U.S. are demanding justice for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. Here’s how to help, even if you can’t march.
How Much Should You Spend on a Kitchen Faucet?
Top designers give their advice about how to choose a stylish, functional faucet—and what it will cost. Hint: It’s more than you may think.
An Introduction to Architects
Aside from that mischievous caveperson in France who used a piece of charcoal to draw a line around some stick figures that suggested some kind of manmade shelter, it is generally...
8 Modern Vacuum Cleaners
Sweeping up is a crummy job, but someone’s got to do it. Luckily, these eight vacuum cleaners are here to help you eliminate even the biggest of messes.
7 Steps to Creating Your Own Outdoor Barbecue Area for Summer Entertaining
Nothing beats a good old backyard cookout with family and friends in the summertime.
9 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day at Home
Honor our military service members and kick off the summer while staying safe at home.