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.

在此,我想要和您分享些让您的前廊留下印象—也是您的家给人的第一印象—深刻的小妙招。

(1)If You Create It, They Will Come

(1)您若创造,宾客自来

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.

很简单,只要搭上几把咖啡椅和一张小桌子就行了,自在的空气和自由的交谈是招待来客的最佳方式。

(2)Plants Make Everything Prettier

(2)花花草草能美化一切

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.

绿色植物能将前院的自然气息一并带到前廊,遵照80/20原则,这些植株的80%应该粗壮挺拔,而另外20%则要用那些能为空间添上亮色的花卉。

(3)Don’t Forget the Floor

(3)别忘了地板

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.

从外面的人行道上或许看不到这里,然而地面的铺设也很重要,因为从上到下的风格都要统一。同时,前廊上铺的小地毯也能起到很大的作用!它可以让家居的摆设一下子有了吸引力,您赤脚就能踩在上面,还能掩藏门廊的小瑕疵。但一定要保证您选购的地毯能胜任这个重任,不会在阳光下褪色,也不容易受到霉变的侵害。

(4)Give Your Door a Makeover

(4)装点您的大门

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.

试想一下假若您的前门是一面黑色的帆布,不如向都柏林取取经,把它喷绘上彩虹般缤纷的颜色。何不把每个季节当做假期来好好度过?在门上挂上不同颜色的漂亮花环,和当季美好的心情合二为一。比如,夏天到了,亮粉红、海水蓝紫,怎么样?

(5)Invest in the Right Lighting

(5)投资合适的照明系统

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.

在前廊装上合适的照明设施,能通过延长室外的时间来拓宽您的居家空间。为了营造休闲的氛围,可以在顶上安装具有调光器的灯具,或在前廊四周上部提高光照度。

Author

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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