We find most people worry unnecessarily about these extra brackets as when they are required then there really is no alternative and the trouble is most people look at them in complete isolation and not the whole installation with the awning. They will not be seen after a short time as they blend in.
The spreader or gutter brackets sometimes required when an awning of any size is to be installed onto a single story building are an absolute necessity to prevent the awning pulling down the brickwork. They are also used in many cases to take the awning cassette up higher on a single storey bungalow and place it in a position usually in front of the rainwater guttering in order to provide enough height at the back to give a descent level of pitch in the awning cover to the front. Of course the main reason is to spread the considerable weight of a well made awning down the brackets and onto brickwork lower down which has some real strength through compression from above. The brackets are either galvanised or stainless steel and always tend to be made to order in all respects.
The spreader, gutter or gallows brackets as they are called can all be powder coated to be the same colour as the awning or any adjacent features so after a very short time you don’t even notice them.
Sometimes you can use a horizontal spreader bracket and it is tucked away behind the awning cassette, it always depends on the brickwork construction.
Take a look at this installation below, the brackets are the same as the windows and awning and blend in beautifully.