Someone once told me front porches are like the opening notes of songs; they set the tone for the house and give a preview of what’s to come. So what is front porch? A porch is a covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a house.

有人曾经告诉过我,前廊就好比一首歌曲的开篇乐音,先声夺人。门廊为一座房子定下基调,让人对接下来的室内陈设浮想联翩。那么前廊又是什么地方呢?它位于房屋正门外,连着正门入口的最前端一块空间,是有顶棚可以遮阳挡雨的。 All porches will allow for sufficient space for a person to comfortably pause before entering or after exiting the building.

门廊的空间大都是够宽敞的,足够一个人在进出正门前后,稍作停留而不感到局促不适。 Summer has definitely sprung up and porch season is nearly upon us, so you’ve never had a better reason to spruce up the scene outside your front door, especially if you’re selling your home. A lots of time, the buyers have already made up their minds about the house before we open the front door.

炎炎夏日已跃然而至,待在门廊纳凉的季节就要到了,所以再找不到比此时收拾您门廊景观更好的理由了,尤其您如果想要出售房产的话。很多时候,买家在还未等您打开房门时,光看着喜悦的前廊就打定主意了。 We spend a lot of time and money making the insides of our homes reflect our personalities and maximizing livability. Why not do the same for our front porches?

我们在装自家室内装潢上已投入了不少时间和金钱成本,让家居彰显我们的个性,达到宜居性最大化。那何不同样弄一弄前廊呢? I would like to share with you a few ways to make your front porch impressive -- and first home impression-- game stronger.


(1)If You Create It, They Will Come


It can be as simple as putting out café chairs and a small table, and it is the favorite way to receive guests: open air and open conversation.


(2)Plants Make Everything Prettier


Plants carry a sense of nature from the front yard onto the porch, and to  adhere to the 80/20 rule, that is Eighty percent of your plants should be strong and hardy while 20 percent should be dedicated to bringing color to the space.


(3)Don’t Forget the Floor


You may not be able to see it from the curb, but your porch’s flooring is important since style works from the ground up. As well,  how much of a difference a rug can make on porch! It adds instant appeal to any furniture arrangement, feels great on bare feet and is a great way to hide any flaws your porch might have. But make sure you’re shopping for rugs that can handle the elements and won’t fade in the sun or be susceptible to mold and mildew.


(4)Give Your Door a Makeover


Consider your front door a black canvas and take a page from Dublin where doors are splashed with every color of the rainbow. Why not treat every season like a holiday? Just coordinate your wreath colors with the mood of the season. I.e. for summer, think bright pinks, ocean blues and purples.


(5)Invest in the Right Lighting


Extend your living space, for longer, by installing appropriate lighting. For creating an atmosphere of entertainment and engagement, it is to install overhead lights with dimmers or uplighting around the perimeter of your porch.



Angela Bi is an international citizen who has lived both in Shanghai and Vancouver Canada. She’s worked in immigration for over a decade and has experienced first hand the joys of living overseas. Angela Bi 是生活在中国上海及加拿大温哥华两地的世界公民。她从事专业移民行业已有十余载,并掌握着旅居海外的一手乐活体验。

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