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.

Fire in the Home
Fire in the Home
Taming fire was humankind’s first and most critical step toward its mastery of the material world.
- 8 years ago
Is it Easy Being Green? The Costs and Benefits of Green Roofs
A green roof cools your home in the summer, insulates in the winter, and has far-reaching benefits for the community, but keeping it cost-effective depends on a number of factors.
Man Up
So you’ve thrown out the St. Pauli Girl sign, but how can you create an elegant masculine home without going space-age bachelor pad? Interior designer Kyle Schuneman, whose new...
How to Integrate Smart Design That Fits Your Lifestyle
How to Integrate Smart Design That Fits Your Lifestyle
Our editorial team shares design ideas for different lifestyles, personalities, and routines.
- a year ago
Top 9 Design and Architecture Podcasts to Tune Into
Nerd out with our favorite design podcasts.
Party Down
Congratulations, you’ve decided to throw a party! Not only will you be paying for everyone’s meal and putting undue strain on your relationship, but you will now need to make sure...
15 Herman Miller Projects That Have Changed Our Way of Living
In the pages of Phaidon’s “Herman Miller: A Way of Living,” we find the evolution of the legendary furniture company—and its forward-thinking designs that have helped shape how we...
How Sweden Harnesses Democratic Architecture and Design For the Common Good
Join Dwell on a journey through Stockholm and Malmö to see how architects and creatives are building a better world through good design.
10 Mind-Blowing Textile Artists You Should Follow on Instagram Right Now
These fiercely talented and visionary artists will have you rethinking fiber art.
Design Icon: 8 Avant-Garde Buildings by Ricardo Bofill
Design Icon: 8 Avant-Garde Buildings by Ricardo Bofill
A new monograph by gestalten shines a light on the visionary works of Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, whose bold forms often seem lifted from fantasy.
- a year ago
4 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool and Save Energy This Summer
Save money and energy this summer with these four tips.
The Rise of the Kidney-Shaped Pool—and its Unexpected Impact on Skate Culture
Who knew Southern Californian skaters owed so much to Alvar Aalto?
Trend Report: Bathroom Fixtures Go Bold in a Rainbow of Retro Hues
We’re loving the recent spate of vintage-inspired, candy-colored bath fixtures.
10 Asian-Pacific American Designers You Should Follow on Instagram Right Now
In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, we’re highlighting the visionary designers on our must-follow list.
A Modern Stairway That Brings Homes to the Next Level
The stairway is a connector. Functionally, it connects one floor to another, allowing us to travel within a building.
3 Dynamic Solutions For Championing Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Living in Your Home
From the illuminating natural light to the refreshing, crisp air, there are countless benefits attached with indoor-outdoor living.
6 Design Apps and Services You Should Know for Your Next Renovation
From crowdsourcing answers to finding the right general contractor, these startup companies are here to help you navigate your next DIY project or home renovation.
Boundless Bauhaus: Its Origins and 7 Definitive Works You Need to Know
On its 100th anniversary, everyone’s talking about the Bauhaus. Here’s what you need to know about the milestone design movement.
The Conversation Pit Makes a Big Comeback in These Fabulous Modern Spaces
Follow us as we step down into the history of the conversation pit—from its heyday to its recent revival—with some prime examples of the groovy living room typology.
When to Splurge Vs. Save: 13 Design Pros Weigh In
13 interior designers sound off about when to splurge and when to save when it comes to the living and dining rooms.
High Design: 10 Pipes You’d Proudly Display on the Coffee Table
In honor of 4/20, we’re celebrating the too-cool-for-school pipes elevating today’s cannabis industry.
Lesson Learned: How I Could’ve Saved $3K on My Geodesic Dome Home’s Electrical System
A tech entrepreneur passes on a key lesson from his overhaul of an off-grid geodesic dome in Joshua Tree.
7 Smart TV Devices You Need to Cut Cords for Good
A gadget-based guide to the post-cable future.
6 Questions You Should Always Ask Before Hiring a General Contractor
Never hire a builder or contractor without first asking these essential questions.
Thinking About Building a Prefab Home? Here’s What You Need to Know
The appeal of a prefab house is clear, but the process of getting one is not.
Design Icons: 24 Modern Architects and Designers That Have Shaped Our World
Brush up on the work and legacies of these iconic architects and designers whose influence on modern design is hard to overstate.
Home Curator Hannah Pobar Shares Her Tips For Minimalist Living
Designer, photographer, and entrepreneur Hannah Pobar runs Home Studio, which connects stylish homes with brands for photoshoots.
4 Home Security Systems to Try Now
Cheap microprocessors, easy communications, and ubiquitous smartphones make the “home of the future” a reality today.
Green Car Buying Advice
Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, dispenses buying advice for the latest fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly models.