Post # 1
We live in a very small community with a nearby lake. It’s a very old town with a well-known inn that tourists often visit during the summer. There’s this beautiful house right on the canal, next to the inn – everytime I pass by it, I fall in love with the color!
We’ve just moved a month ago and don’t want to seem like crazy people but I really want to know the color of that house! We tried to “casually” pass by the place hoping to catch someone outside gardening, but that’s proved to be impossible because the side of the house beside the lake (where there’s a path) is the backyard and it’s elevated with a pretty high hedge. We tried to walk to the front of the house but their entrance is pretty long and very private. It’s not like we can ever “just happen to pass by” and I’d hate to drop by anyone’s house unannounced.
I’m planning on writing them a short letter saying I love their house color and if possible, would like to know the color and brand of paint. I’m even including a self-addressed stamp envelope for their convenience. But Fi thinks it’s ultra weird! Is it?
What’s the proper way to inquire about a house color? Fi’s advice would be to just guess the color – I have picked out a color that I think is very similar but you can never really tell just by guessing. Their house is located in a very focal part of town, they must be used to all sorts of tourists passing by. But still, is it too weird to ask? How would you handle this Bees?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@daydreamwanderer I kinda thought that maybe they wouldn’t want anyone copying, but their color isn’t really unique – it’s just beige … but I want to know exactly what color beige it is! Plus we don’t live near them for anyone to ever see both of our homes. We live about 15 mins away (walking) and near a cul de sac. A tiny portion of our house is parallel to a sidewalk that leads to a whole other part of the lake but when I say tiny, I mean it’s at least a 10-min walk on that part of the lake (the non-touristy, residential end). So our humble abode is in no way a match with theirs. But the color is sooo pretty!!!
Post # 6
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
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 # 8
@aunt pol Ooooh! There is a small paint store in town that specializes in a popular brand. I’ve been there a few times already … maybe I can just ask one of the guys working there to see if he knows exactly what color it is!
Surely I ask be honest with the dude and just ask what color he thinks that particular house is? He’ll know exactly what house it is cause it’s that visible.
Thanks for the advice!
Post # 9
@Catstax There’s no way we can do that without being noticed because there’s a lot of tourists walking around. Their house is literally next door to that inn by the canal. The inn is #2 then there’s a storage house #3 and their house is #4!
Post # 10
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
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
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.
Post # 13
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
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
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
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?