Rain Chains: 15 Beautiful Alternatives to Downspouts

Downspouts tend to look very bland and utilitarian. But if you’re looking to add a little flair to your gutter’s water runoff system, consider purchasing some of these rain chains. They perform the same function as downspouts, but allow the water to cascade down over the “links” to create a pleasant visual effect while channeling rainwater away from your foundation.

Here are 15 different types of rain chains to beautify your home’s exterior, courtesy of RainChains.com

1. Zen Link

Rain Chain

Simple copper rings connected by double vertical bars help water trickle down smoothly to the ground.

2. Large Link

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This one is larger and more “chain-like,” and it appeals to customers who are seeking the understated elegance that rain chains are known for.

3. Infinity Link

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This graceful yet modern design will provide a calming display as the rains come down around your home.

4. Aluminum Chain

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Unlike the other three on this list, this chain is constructed of sturdy, lightweight aluminum which is built to stand up to the elements.

5. Circles

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This chain is comprised of a repeating pattern of four small circles and one large circle—all of which are made out of durable stainless steel.

6. Double Diamonds

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This one is made of pure brass, so it will last forever—and the three-oval, double-diamond pattern is quite appealing as well.

7. Scallop Cups

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Not only is this cup-style rain chain fashioned with pure copper, it’s the largest product of its kind on the market with a cup that is four inches wide and 5 1/2 inches deep.

8. Copper Bells

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It’s a perfect combination of gorgeous copper, hand-hammered accents, and a folded lip at the top of each cup.

9. Arts & Crafts Square Cups

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The intricate six-square cutout and center stem pattern is the ideal blend of outdoor fashion and function.

10. Basket and Glass Cups

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It looks like wicker, but it’s really copper—along with an elaborate glass leaf and grape motif for superior aesthetics.

11. White Flared Cups

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These links are made of powder-coated aluminum to give you a lightweight, yet well-built, rain chain to match your home’s exterior.

12. Royal Lotus

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This handmade “artwork” portrays large copper flowers supported by patterned leaves of cast brass—and produces a calming bubbling sound as water moves through it.

13. Simple Koi Fish

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This rain chain completes your Japanese-themed garden or landscaping with an attractive series of copper koi fishes.

14. Sunflower

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This copper cup-style chain features detailed petals around the ring and honeybee figures perched atop each cup in search of nectar!

15. Watering Can Cups

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Stay with the “water” theme with these watering cans that add a little style to a standard copper rain chain.

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