(Closed) House color inquiry (Proper Etiquette)

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

A little weird, yes. If I got a letter like that, I would probably answer it in a generic way, because I wouldn’t want anyone copying my house color, hahahaha…. but I can be petty like that! Then again, sometimes I feel like a lot of women can be…

It can’t hurt to ask; I mean, it’s not like you know them now!

Post # 4
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it would be a bit too weird…could you maybe grab a bunch of paint swatches, and try to find a match while standing nearby (but in a really discrete manner…if that’s possible…)?

Post # 6
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think a letter and a random knock on the door would be strange.  The best way in my opinion would be if you saw the homeowners outside but you stated that wouldn’t really happen so I’m not sure!

Post # 7
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If the town is really small, maybe they bought the paint in the local hardware store, or similar? Maybe if you got paint swatches from a place like that, maybe it’s a smaller brand of paint, not as widely available or something?

Post # 10
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Personally I wouldn’t find it weird. I live in a really friendly neighbourhood where people are always stopping to ask questions about the river we live on, what renos we’ve done to the house, I even have one lady ask about the floorplan because she nearly bought the house herself 20-something years ago and wanted to know about the changes the previous owner made.

Post # 11
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think I would be more upset by someone standing close to my house with paint chips, than I would if you simply knocked on the door, told me you loved the color of my house and asked if I remembered what color it was.

Go ahead- ask them.

Post # 12
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Short of asking them directly, I’d discreetly take a picture of the house and bring it to the hardware store.

You might also call the inn.  If the house is very close to it, it might be where the owners of the inn live.

Like some of the other women who responded, I would vote against writing a letter.

Good luck!

Post # 13
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ask at the local hardware store if anyone knows what color it may be. That is a less invasive way of asking than writing to or stopping the owners to ask them.

Post # 14
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If I got a letter like that I would think it very strange and have to think about whether to answer it or not. I would much prefer a knock at the door asking what the color is. I would also think that a little strange, but I would be more open to it and I would also be flattered that you liked the color of our house enough to ask.

You might try going to the county assessor/treasurer’s website to look up their address. Sometimes the house color is listed on there.

Post # 15
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Can you ask around town and see if you can find anyone who knows the homeowners personally?  If it’s a small community, chances are you’ll eventually run into someone who knows them. 

Post # 16
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

that’s a little strange.  they might not even know the color or brand of paint.  it could have been painted before they bought the house.  or maybe they forgot the name.  If someone had asked me what color my bedroom was painted I wouldn’t know the name of it.  It was behr paint, but since I painted so many rooms I don’t remember specific color names.  I think it would be the same with a house.  Who remembers the name of the color unless they actually have some leftover paint and it is labeled on the can?

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