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.

How to Prepare Your Bathroom for Overnight Guests
How to Prepare Your Bathroom for Overnight Guests
When getting ready to host overnight guests, we tend to focus on washing the bedding, jazzing up the spare room and fully stocking the fridge.
- 3 years ago
19 Ways to Use Track Lighting for a Streamlined Kitchen Design
Sleek, versatile, and customizable, track lights can add a “wow” factor to your kitchen without being overwhelming.
Trend Report: Tile Style
We hit one of the biggest tile fairs in the world to see what’s new, and it goes way beyond the kitchen and bathroom.
Pro Van Converters Share Their Design Approach—and #Vanlife Tips for DIYers
Pro Van Converters Share Their Design Approach—and #Vanlife Tips for DIYers
Nomadic duo CarpenterIngram launched their van conversion business after falling in love with life on the road.
- 9 months ago
Here’s How to Pronounce the Names of 28 Famous Designers and Architects
The “Rohe” in Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is trickier than you might think.
5 of Our Favorite Shipping Container Companies in North America
From the Hamptons’ first shipping container house to a pop-up cargotecture bar, the innovative projects from these North American container companies show the power of adaptive...
13 Houseplants That Are Safe for Cats and Dogs
If you have pets, these indoor plants are a worry-free way to add greenery to your home.
11 Ways to Create a Modern Mudroom in Your Home
Deciding to have a mudroom in your home could be one of the most important decisions you make, especially if you have a busy family or waves of guests coming in and out.
Two Experts Weigh in on the Best Way to Use Behr’s Color of the Year in Your Kitchen or Bathroom
Back to Nature, Behr’s signature hue for 2020, offers a fresh take on the neutral trend. We asked two color and design experts how to make the most of this shade in your home.
Second to None
With House 2.0, architect Pieter Weijnen demonstrates the exponential rate at which green design is advancing.
Dwell Reviews 6 Modern Desks
Dwell Reviews 6 Modern Desks
The right workspace can transform your creative life. Dwell puts six desks to the test.
- 9 years ago
Designer Rebecca Atwood Wants You to Master the Art of Using Color
Designer and best-selling author Rebecca Atwood talks with Dwell about the importance of infusing color into a home—and how it's not as intimidating as it seems.
The Essential Guide to Shipping Container Home Design
From preliminary guides, to lists of trusted companies, to exemplary floor plans, these resources will get you started on your own shipping container home.
29 Ideas for Stylishly Stacking Firewood This Fall
We have as many ideas for stacking your stash of firewood as we do plans for stoking the fire this fall.
5 Architectural Tricks and Devices to Bring Natural Light Into Your Home
It’s a common desire to have as much natural light in your home as possible—but it’s not always that easy to achieve.
An Introduction to Building Codes
Fuss all you like about sprinklers and guardrails, we need building codes. Here's how to get your architect to play along.
Up to Code
How one homeowner chose a savvy architect, made nice with the building code, and moved in without a hitch.
Modern Problems
Love superclean design but fear the building inspector? Here's our guide to skirting those modernist missteps.
DIY Project: How to Build Your Own Modern Outhouse
When an outhouse comes to mind, no one really thinks of it as being a particularly nice or good-looking space—but you can prove that notion wrong by building your own modern...
Hauntingly Beautiful: Furniture and Fixtures That Are Subtly Halloween-Inspired
These pieces are the perfect mix of spooky, chic, elegant, and ethereal.
6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Your Kitchen and Laundry Room Appliances Could Do
A tour of LG Signature’s chic showroom makes it clear that the company’s next-level collection of smart appliances can inject a heavy dose of convenience into your everyday life...
Trend Report: Architect Barbara Bestor Sounds Off on the New Glass House
From the Maison Verre in Paris to Philip Johnson’s Connecticut icon, the glass house is a hallmark of 20th-century modernism. But radical transparency isn’t for everyone.
London Design Festival 2019: The Best New Products at Designjunction
Designjunction is one of the most anticipated exhibitions at the London Design Festival, showcasing contemporary design from around the world.
Tipple While You Work
The NewYorker is a savvy bit of furniture by Jen Turner that is at once a desk and a bar. We’re guessing your studio didn’t come with either.
Adventures on Craigslist
No, not those kind of adventures, Mr. Casual Encounters. We’re talking about house hunting.
Evictus
So you have a deadbeat tenant: Here’s how you get rid of ’em.
An Introduction to Renting
The American Dream, some say, is all about owning a home. Here’s how you can live the dream without the picket fence or the mortgage.
Three Interior Designers Discuss the Dynamics of Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash
Emily Henderson, Bobby Berk, and Katie Hodges give their expert advice on what you need to know in order to choose the perfect kitchen backsplash based on color, design, and...
Smooth Sailing: The Cruise Ship’s Evolution From the 1800s to Today
From the no-frills vessel to the modernist liner, and the ’90s megaship to today’s boutique offerings, the cruise ship has come a long way.