6 Tips for Picking the Perfect Gutter Color for Your Home

Gutters are not always known for being stylish and attractive. But believe it or not, they can add a boost to the curb appeal of your home.

It all comes down to choosing the right gutter color for you home. With the right color your neighbors won’t be able to look away.

Choose poorly and things will look… awkward.

Luckily there are a few basic rules to choosing the right gutter color for your home.

Here is the #1 rule:

The best practice for choosing the color of your gutters is to match the color of your trim, the color of your siding, or the color of your roof. You do not want to introduce new colors, as it is safer to enhance the current color scheme of your home.

Note: If you want to learn how to paint your gutters, read here.

home with gutters

1. Keep the Gutter Color Consistent with your Home

So if you’re looking to paint your gutters, you’re probably imaging all of the amazing color options you can go with, but I’m going to stop you right there. While I’m sure you have some awesome ideas, adding any new colors can be a huge mistake.

The biggest rule is to not introduce any new colors with the gutters.

Homes are usually designed with two main colors: the color of the siding and the color of your trim. And in some cases, if you don’t have siding, you can opt to match your roof.

Match your Siding

For the majority of homes, the gutters typically match the color of the siding. This is by far the safest bet, as the gutters will blend in and they won’t jump out at you.

Also considering that most siding is a white or off-white color and the normal finish on gutters is also white, it’s typically the cheapest option. In fact, unless you specifically ask, most contractors will default to white gutters.

If you don’t like the look of gutters, matching your siding is your bet as they will be hidden in plain sight. Or you can opt for a gutter alternative if you really don’t like the look of gutters.

Match your Trim

If you want a bolder look, matching the gutters paint color with your trim is the way to go. This will usually look more stylish and modern.

The colored gutters will end up looking like an extra element of trim and add a decorative look to the house that has bolder lines and curves.

This will usually mean you need to paint your gutters a darker color, such as black, which can help with making your gutters look better for longer (which we’ll more into later).

Painting your gutters the color of your trim is how your really go for a “fashion statement” with your gutters and set yourself apart from the neighborhood.

Match your Roof

In some cases, homes don’t have siding. Especially with some modern or contemporary homes. If that’s you, then you can consider matching the gutters with the color of your roof.

This is usually only for homes that have a metal roof, in which case it makes a lot of sense to match the gutters.

The gutters will seamlessly blend in with the roof and look like a cohesive unit. Usually, the roof with be color such as light brown, dark brown, or black, so match the gutter accordingly.

Or you can go the opposite direction and match the trim if you want a more diverse look.

2. Darker Colors will Look Better for Longer

darker color gutters

Imagine you spill something on your t-shirt, would it look worse if your T-shirt was completely white or a darker color such as black?

That’s right, a mustard stain on a white t-shirt would be grounds for a wardrobe change, but on a darker shirt you would barely be able to see it.

The same principle applies to gutters. Any amount of dirt or wear and tear that happens to your gutters is two times more visible if they are painted white.

Stuff like dirt, tiger stripes (the vertical streaks that form after enough rainfall), or chipped paint will make your white gutters look much worse than darker gutters.

For that reason, darker gutters can usually go longer without maintenance. While white gutters, on the other hand, will need to be cleaned or repainted more frequently.

3. Consult your HOA

If you are unsure about what colors to paint your gutters, it is a good idea to look at the standards placed by your local Homeowner’s Association (HOA).

Usually, your HOA will have a list of colors that are approved for your neighborhood. Otherwise, you may need to submit your plans for review before you can be allowed to renovate your gutters. It just depends on how intense your HOA is, and trust me, some can be quite… militant.

There’s nothing worse than giving your gutters a fresh coat of paint, being super happy with the result, only to get a letter in the mail a week later about how you “no longer match the neighborhood’s color scheme”. Now you need to go back and repaint them before the HOA fines you.

Fun stuff, right?

In this case, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so take the extra 10 minutes to do the research before painting your gutters that hot pink color you are unreasonably obsessed with.

4. Do Research in your Neighborhood

If you have a block coming up with color ideas, what you need a stroke of inspiration.

Take a walk around your neighborhood and note any homes that you enjoy the look of. Look for gutter colors that jump out at you.

If your neighbors have a color that you like, usually it means that it’s already approved for the local HOA, and you have the greenlight to do it yourself.

If after looking at your neighbor’s gutters, you are still at a loss for what to do, try researching ideas on Pinterest to get an influx of new amazing gutter colors.

5. Keep within your Budget

While you may love the idea of getting your gutters painted, unfortunately, this will also drive the price up.

Most gutters come in a standard color of white or off-white. These colors are the standard factory finish, so the contractors who will install the gutters won’t need to paint them, saving you your hard-earned money.

If you are tight on cash, it could be a good idea to go with the standard color.

But it never hurts asking and it may be cheaper than you think to color your gutters. Simply ask your contractor for a quote.

Or if you’re feeling spunky, you can paint your gutters yourself.

6. Follow Common Color Combinations

blue home with white gutters

Luckily, you’re not the first person to have the brilliant idea of painting your gutters, so there are thousands of examples online about different color options to go with.

Because the color of your siding and trim matter so much, usually there will be a 2-color combo. Here are a few common gutter color combinations.

White and Darker Neutral Colors

Going with white siding and a darker neutral trim color are probably the most common color combinations in the United States, at the moment. So in this scenario, either matching the gutters with the white siding or the darker trim are two different options to go with.

Grey and Blue

Blue siding is definitely a popular option, so to reach the right color balance, the home’s trim is typically painted a dark grey color. So going with either blue gutters to match the siding or grey to match the trim is a smart option.

Bricks and Brown

If your home is entirely made of brick, it can be tricky to choose the right color gutters to match.

Because brick homes are usually red, a brown color can match well. Finding the right shade of brown is the tricky part, so finding other homes similar to yours will be your best bet to get the right color for your gutters.

Note: Most brick homes will at least have some siding, so if that’s you, simply matching the gutters with your siding is a safe option.

Shades of Green

Homes with a variety of shades of green colors have been growing in popularity over the past few years. Typically for an all-green house, white trim and gutters will match very well.

7. Consider Copper Gutters

If you want gutters that stand out, going with copper gutters can be an interesting direction to take your home.

Copper gutters are definitely on the pricey side, but you will get a very unique look that your neighborhood probably hasn’t seen before.

Before opting for copper gutters, it’s recommended to check with your HOA to see if it is allowed in your neighborhood.

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