When it comes to the exterior look of a home, there are few materials that have quite the same effect as that of brick. Solid and grounded without feeling too severe, brick house exteriors offer a uniquely warm feel that works in a variety of design contexts, from cozy to industrial.

The latter in particular, has become an especially popular choice in recent years, with raw industrial themes being worked into a lot of modern designs. One of the best pairings with this design detail is black gutters and fittings. 

I’ve compiled this article to show you different design ideas for incorporating this look into your home’s exterior design during your next remodel.


1.  Traditional Townhouse

My first design idea is a textbook example of an English townhouse. Simple, timeless, and traditional, this home features a simple front facade made of warm red brick that’s paired with a set of broad windows and a door with white trim. 

I think that the black gutters here are subtle but are used to great effect, serving as an accent color that matches the front door and the wrought iron fence on the outside.


2. Classic Masonry

Another great example that I love is this classic British lakeside home. From the steep gabled roof to the gray and red brick construction and even a chimney on the far end of the house, this is about as traditional as traditional British architecture can get.

The black gutters line the edges of the roof trim, which continues down to the ground through the drain pipes installed on the corners of the house. This effect creates a subtle but defined line that separates the roof edge from the flat color of the gray walls. 


3. Grand Manor

For one example of a bigger home using this exact style, I present to you a grand European mansion with an exterior that’s made of a gorgeous diamond pattern of red and gray bricks on both the lower and upper floors. 

The beige coloring of the windows on the roof trim as well as the deep red of the roof tiles give the house a very warm color palette. However, the black trim and gutters help to balance this out by adding in a bold neutral color.


4. Tried and True Tri-Tone

I love this next home’s simple yet very attractive exterior color palette made up of deep brown brick with off-white trim along the windows and the roof, among other little details.

The black color of the roof gutters and drink system serve as the third color in this tri-tone palette, matching the roof tiles as well as the window frames and chimney stack.


5. Clean Two-tone

The black-on-brown color scheme that results from pairing black gutters with brick exteriors also works very well in smaller homes, as is the case with this example that I like.

The design of this home shows a very clear divide between the two colors that are used, but the black gutters and drain pipes help to tie the design together by extending the black lines down along the brick walls, creating a sort of outline that emphasizes the shape of the house.


6. Timeless Accent

The neutral hue of black lends itself to being used quite effectively as an accent color on just about anything. I think one great example of this is this sprawling colonial-style home. Black is used as an accent on various fittings and fixtures from the roof gutters down to the window shutters.

The black here serves to balance the overall lightness of the home’s color palette, which otherwise consists of thickly mortared red brick paired with white trim on the windows and doors.


7. Chic and Modern

This last example is one that I particularly enjoy because it’s a great demonstration of the usability of black gutters on more modern designs. Black is used along the upper floor, on the roof trim, and on the window frames.

Despite the contrast among the bold colors used throughout this house, the design manages to stay coherent thanks to a technique called color blocking. This technique lays out colors so all the shades stay relatively balanced. 


How Can Black Gutters Benefit My Home?

Black gutters are a great way to boost the curb appeal of your home. Many homeowners choose to match their gutters with their house’s trim color to camoflage their home’s gutter system to look invisible against the trim of the house. But there are other ways that you can use black gutters to emphasize the look of your house. This is especially great for brick homes, as black gutters can be used to complement the natural colors of the brick itself. Some design ideas include:

  • Opting for black gutters to add dimension and depth to your home’s exterior by creating a bold contrast.
  • Pairing your gutters with other black accents is a great way to draw attention to specific parts of your house’s exterior design.
    Adding black windows to your home to match your gutters is a good way to create a cohesive look to your home’s facade.
  • Choosing black gutters can highlight your home’s unique roof line.

Black gutters may also offer other benefits for your brick home when it comes to maintenance. Because black absorbs sunlight, this can prevent ice from building up in your gutters if you live in a colder climate. Black gutters can also hide the dirt and grime that is more apparent if you use a different gutter color for your house’s drainage system. While I still recommend having your gutters cleaned and inspected regularly, the wear and tear won’t be as obvious if you opt for black gutters.


Final Thoughts

For most exterior designs, roof gutters are usually not something that is considered a major factor in the overall appeal. After all, they are just gutters — quite literally, the part of the house that drains out rainwater and collects twigs, dust, leaves, and all manner of other detritus that lands on the roof. Your gutter drainage system and downspouts play an important role in keeping your home’s foundation and landscaping from becoming waterlogged.

A lot of the time, the roof gutters are simply colored to match whatever color is on the roof and allow it to simply blend in. However, I believe that using bold black roof gutters is a great way to highlight different effects of your home’s overall exterior design, from a modern farmhouse to a more industrial look. For these reasons, you may want to opt for black gutters the next time you are considering a home improvement project.

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5/27/2024
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Nikki Stavile is a writer based in Tucson, Arizona. As an avid backpacker and passionate environmentalist, her work often focuses on sustainable movements at the personal and societal level.

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