Should Gutters Match House, Roof, or Trim Paint Color?

June 1, 2007 § 9 Comments

Gutters are the functional part of your house and you don’t want to accent them in any way. Match the gutters to whatever color is behind them. If the gutters run along the trim, match the gutters to the trim color so the gutters disappear. If a gutter runs along the house, then match the gutter to the house color. That way the gutters will not be the first things you notice from the street.

Just like metal roofs, however, there are some fancy gutter materials like copper that will stand out against any trim and will become a design feature of your house. Just something to keep in mind.

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§ 9 Responses to Should Gutters Match House, Roof, or Trim Paint Color?

  • doris palmer says:

    thanks for the the comme nt it does make sense. doris

  • karen says:

    hello barbara. i am trying to pick eavestrough/fascia/soffit colours for a side-hall 1920′s home. the bricks, which are quite dirty, are a mixture of dirty yellow, mossy green, some peachy-orange and dark gray-brown. the mortar is a neutral light brown. i have chosen windows in a very dark brown with more of a greenish tint than orange. the roof is a textured dark brown w/gray in it. i will try to send a picture – not sure how to do this in this format.
    i would like to keep the gutter/trough colour the same as the roof/windows and have an exact match. however, i don’t want that dark brown to extend into the fascia/soffits so i am thinking of a taupe with a slight green tint for those, as well as matching this colour for a small section of stucco and the small amount of wood trim on the front porch.
    is it odd to have the fascia and soffits a different colour than the troughs/gutters? i don’t want to put too many colours on the house but i don’t want it all to be brick and dark brown.
    thank you very much.
    karen

    • bmeglis says:

      Hi Karen,

      Not a problem at all to lighten up the soffit area and carry that color onto the rest of the trim. How about something like Ben Moore’s Wheeling Neutral HC-92 or Greenbrier Beige HC-79? Both of those have green undertones and should look really good with both your dark brown windows and the green tones in the brick. See what you think. You can always go creamier but I wouldn’t bring too much gray into the taupe — you’ll want the entry to be warm.

      Let me know it you need a front door color. ??

      Thanks again.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Heather says:

    I want to match the gutters/ eavestroughs to the wood trim- but- what can you paint the aluminum with that will withstand the elements?

    • bmeglis says:

      Heather,

      With a good primer, you can paint anything. Ask your paint store for a recommendation.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • tmccrac says:

    Hi Barbara. Our house is a single-storey 50s ranch in Atlanta (hoping this info helps in picturing it). There’s a gabled porch centered in the front of the house, and the garage which we have now closed in is to the right (if you’re facing the house). The roof is a very dark, almost slate grey and we’ve just painted our house Benjamin Moore’s gettysburg grey, which in certain light almost has a slight green tinge. It says in the article to match the gutter to the house colour, but my concern is that our soffit is white. Will a gray gutter look strange against the white soffit? Should we paint the soffit and fascia gettysburg grey?

    Others are saying the gutter should match the trim. Our trim is white and our issue with a white gutter is staining from the elements and upkeep. We want it to be pretty but long-term low maintenance. What about matching the gutters to the roof? Could we have a slate gray gutter or black gutter? And if so, should we still paint the soffit to match the house? Our concern with matching gutters to the roof or having a darker gutter is that the roof already looks heavy on the house, dominating about 40-50% of the facade, and the top of the windows are very close to the eaves, which could make it feel like the gutters are almost concealing part of the windows, making the whole house look very top heavy. And we haven’t picked out the shutters, which judging by the way we’re selecting our colours is likely to be black or very dark. We’re confused. Please help!

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi tmccrac,

      Match the gutter to the trim behind it so the gutter will disappear. Then if the downspouts run down the corner of the house along trim boards, keep the downspouts white too. But if the downspouts run down the middle of the house, paint them Gettysburg Gray again so they disappear. Unless you have fancy copper gutters, they are strictly functional and we need to conceal them as much as possible.

      Hope that helps.

      -Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

  • Joyce Ingram says:

    We are renovating a small ’70s house. Word Picture: The exterior is brick of rose-beige/clay-colored tones. The windows have beige-colored frames and the roof is brown. I know the guttering should be the same color as the facia, but before we paint the facia, I would like to know if the facis and guttering should match the roof or the brick? Help!

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Joyce,

      I suggest matching the fascia/gutters to the window trim beige or a version of that. The fascia can contrast with both brick and roof. We do often paint downspouts to camouflage against the siding color but it’s not necessary if downspouts are on top of trim.

      Hope that helps.

      Barbara
      Your Home & Color Coach

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