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.

Get A Grip: A Practical Guide to Choosing Modern Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
Get A Grip: A Practical Guide to Choosing Modern Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
From handles and hinges to latches and catches, here's what you need to know about the different kinds of modern kitchen cabinet hardware on the market and where to find them.
 - 6 months ago
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.
 - 6 months ago
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.
 - 6 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.
 - 6 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 6 months ago
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.
 - 6 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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?
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 7 months ago
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.
 - 7 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.
 - 7 months ago
Dwell Made Presents: DIY Shoe Shelf With a Macramé Curtain
Dwell Made Presents: DIY Shoe Shelf With a Macramé Curtain
Build a simple, trendy shoe shelf to help declutter your closet with this easy-to-follow video and guide.
 - 7 months ago
8 Things to Consider When Choosing Retractable Glass Walls
8 Things to Consider When Choosing Retractable Glass Walls
When done right, a gorgeous glass wall system can transform a room into a spectacular focal point with a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience.
 - 7 months ago
6 Simple Ways to Mix and Match Chairs at Your Dining Table
6 Simple Ways to Mix and Match Chairs at Your Dining Table
Tap into the art of eclecticism by foregoing formal furniture "sets" to create your own chic collection.
 - 8 months ago
When to Save Versus Splurge in Your Bedroom Revamp
When to Save Versus Splurge in Your Bedroom Revamp
Follow these tips to design the bedroom of your dreams, without depleting your bank account.
 - 8 months ago
6 Easy Ways to Get Your Garden Ready For Spring
6 Easy Ways to Get Your Garden Ready For Spring
Embrace the long-awaited coming of spring by following these tips for a verdant garden.
 - 8 months ago
How to Make Your Tiny Kitchen Feel Huge in 6 Easy Steps
How to Make Your Tiny Kitchen Feel Huge in 6 Easy Steps
Just because your kitchen is on the smaller side doesn’t mean you can’t make it as efficient and effective as possible.
 - 8 months ago
The Art of Arranging: 6 Tips on Creating Stylish Shelf Displays
The Art of Arranging: 6 Tips on Creating Stylish Shelf Displays
Aimlessly arrange no more—we're breaking down the basics on how to organize your shelves in a way that highlights and exhibits your favorite items.
 - 8 months ago
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.
 - 4 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.
 - 8 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.
 - 8 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.
 - 8 months ago