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.

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Dwell On This: Command the Room With a Statement Art Piece
Don’t just default to a gallery wall.
How Much Should You Spend on Dinnerware?
How Much Should You Spend on Dinnerware?
Whether it be earthy stoneware or durable enamel, here’s how to select—and budget for—a tasteful setting.
Dwell On This: Debrand Your Home
It’s like choosing an ad-free experience IRL.
This Book Covers Everything You Need to Know About Retrofitting a Campervan
After converting a van to drive Australia’s “Big Lap,” two Americans create a thorough how-to guide.
Should We Be Talking More About Indoor Air Quality Right Now?
As the seasons begin to change, here's what you should consider for healthier air inside your home.
Designers’ Tips for Creating a Productive Remote-Learning Space for Kids
For little ones attending class online, a well-designed space can make all the difference.
It’s Time to Prune Your Houseplants: Here’s How the Experts Do It
Bloomscape’s resident “Plant Mom,” AKA horticulturalist Joyce Mast, gives us the scoop on how to prep your plant buddies for their dormant season.
How to Make Your Garden Water-Free
Landscape architect Brennan Cox, principal of San Francisco–based Groundworks, explores the best approaches to drought-tolerant landscaping practices that can be implemented...
10 Tips for Hanging Art in Your Home—and Our Picks for Creating Fearless Walls
10 Tips for Hanging Art in Your Home—and Our Picks for Creating Fearless Walls
Hanging art on your walls doesn’t have to be a stressful experience—instead, it should be a fun and inspiring creative challenge.
Dwell On This: You Only Need These Three Knives
Any way you slice it, these are your kitchen essentials.
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
Here’s why you should upgrade your porcelain throne with a pampering washlet or bidet.
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
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...
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.