Typically, choosing the profile is among the first tasks. Here, we're looking to balance the watershed from the roof and the appearance of how the shapes match the style of your home.
Next, you'll consider the material type. All gutter profiles can be made in any material (copper, steel, aluminum). If you're choosing copper, color isn't a factor because copper is both the material and the color. You'll need to select a material type (metal) because the color options available will depend on which metal the gutter is being made from. Not all colors are available for all metals. Learn more about color in our rain gutter color chart.
If it's easier, you could also work backward from color. Choosing the color first will tell you which metal is available. Then, come back here to browse and review gutter profiles.