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.

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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 8 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 Usonia?
 - 8 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.
 - 8 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.
 - 8 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.
 - 8 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...
 - 8 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.
 - 8 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.
 - a year 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.
 - a year 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.
 - 10 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,...
 - 9 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 together?
 - 9 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.
 - a year 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.
 - a year 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.
 - a year ago
How to Build an Off the Grid Cabin
How to Build an Off the Grid Cabin
Suzanne Shelton’s life work is making sustainable lifestyles attractive and accessible.
 - 8 years ago
Julie Fisher on How to Shop for Furniture
Julie Fisher on How to Shop for Furniture
We tapped architect Julie Fisher—who designed the inventive staircase-slide hybrid in our March 2014 issue—for her expert opinion on how to shop for furniture.
 - 4 years ago
See How an Oregon Couple Renovated Their 1966 Airstream
See How an Oregon Couple Renovated Their 1966 Airstream
Immediately after buying a vintage Airstream that they planned to renovate, Anna Jacobs and Damian Schmitt feared they bit off way more than they could chew.
 - a year ago
How to Shape a Shoji, Step by Step
How to Shape a Shoji, Step by Step
Every Order Miya Shoji Receives is Different, but the Procedure Follows the Same Rough Pattern Each Time.
 - 2 years ago
How to Build an Outdoor Shower
How to Build an Outdoor Shower
There's still enough time this summer to do a little DIY and build an outdoor shower in your yard.
 - a year ago
Show Me How to Hygge
Show Me How to Hygge
The Danish trend that’s sweeping the nation might not have an English translation, but it offers a unique approach when it comes to home design.
 - a year ago
How to Work With an Architect
How to Work With an Architect
Use this as a guide to finding the right architect for your new home or renovation—and what to expect during the process.
 - a year ago
How to Update a Midcentury Modern Gem
How to Update a Midcentury Modern Gem
Midcentury completists score the ultimate catch: a 1959 post-and-beam fixer-upper in which to showcase their sprawling collection.
 - a year ago
How to Buy a Shipping Container
How to Buy a Shipping Container
You've decided to join the shipping container revolution.
 - 4 years ago