When it comes to the curb appeal of your home, even the details that most people neither care nor even notice can actually have a major effect.
Take, for instance, the color of the gutters of your roof. Now, most homeowners will probably take the safer route and simply choose a gutter color that matches the color of their home’s exterior; however, there is a lot of design potential to be found in these otherwise innocuous fixtures if you try a bolder color like black.
We have compiled several examples of these black gutters used in the context of white home exteriors to give you an idea as to how to work this design into your own home.
1. Sleek and Simple
This first example has black gutters on an all-white beachfront-style home. Because of the relatively low thickness of the roof trim, the gutters are also relatively thin.
However, the contrast of having a black on white color scheme makes the black gutters stand out from the white siding very well. The gutters along the roofs on both levels along with its drainage pipes produce a striking outline along the home’s upper edges, allowing it to stand out.
2. Bold Outlines
This traditional home is another great example of the black gutters in action, bold lines that trace the edges of the roof and continue down to ground level.
The bold contrast of the black gutter on the white exterior also draws the eyes toward the gutters, emphasizing the home’s outlines and shape that makes it stand out from its neighbors, especially when viewed from a distance.
3. Black Roof and Gutters
This small but stately poolside house makes use of a bold black roof and matching gutters set against the flat white paint on the exterior. While the contrast is already pretty effective on its own, the house also has the door and lighting fixtures done up in black. The result is a chic modern look that manages to be sharp and classy but also relatively easy on the eyes.
4. Three-Tone Palette
Although two-tone color schemes will continue to remain popular for a large portion of home exterior designs, there is no denying that adding a third color to the palette provides a huge boost to the design, both in terms of the options that now become available and the potential look and feel that can be achieved.
Such is the case in this home, which incorporates wood to emphasize certain elements and sections of the house on top of the existing black and white color scheme. Here, the black roof and gutters serve an additional role of cementing the base colors of the palette, allowing the brown of the wood to stand out as the accent of the design.
5. Outlines on a Light Palette
This colonial style home features a very light and cool color palette of white paint and masonry that is paired with cyan siding on the upper floor of the house. And at first glance, the black roof gutters aren’t quite as immediately noticeable as it has been in the previous examples we have shown.
However, the subtlety here is actually the desired effect—by keeping the roof gutters thin and with a low profile relative to the roof trim, the feel of the home’s color palette remains airy and light, with the only major contrast coming from the black trim on the windows and doors.
6. Black Gutters with Brown Clay Tiles
Although the black and white color scheme is most commonly used on modern home exterior designs nowadays, having black gutters on a white house is not that rare in more traditional looks, as we can see in this example.
This home uses a lot of stone in its exterior work, from the masonry on the walls to the brown tiles on the roof. Here, both black and white serve as relatively subtle accent colors that serve to tie the two earth tones together without clashing.
7. Black Gutters with Brown Shingles
This last home has what is arguably the most subtle application of black roof gutters among all of the examples in this article. Indeed, with the home’s exterior being all white and the roof, doors, and windows being mostly brown, black ends up serving as an accent color in this color palette.
With that said, the black accents have a subtle but significant effect on the feel of the overall design, lending a bit more visual weight to the relatively light brown of the roof trim, allowing it to contrast better against the rest of the wood used throughout the house’s exterior.
Why Choose a Black Roof Gutter?
As we have seen from the examples above, the color of the roof gutter that you install can have a pretty noticeable effect on the overall look of the home.
With that in mind, what does a black roof gutter specifically bring to the table? Although they are mostly subjective, we’ve listed a few ideas:
- Bold contrast: This should likely go without saying, but black is arguably the boldest contrasting color that you can have on any color palette—especially when paired with white. Even when black is worked into a pallet with weighty, dark colors like brown and green, black still manages to stand out.
Pairs with anything: Unlike other contrasting colors, black also happens to be perfectly neutral, which means that you can pair it with just about any color and the combination will still look at least passable. Moreover, having black also eliminates the need to worry about color matching.