Building a pickleball court, or converting a tennis court for pickleball use, is becoming increasingly popular, and with the wide variety of court color choices available, it can be difficult to decide which combination is best for your pickleball court.
This simple guide will give you insight into creating the ideal color scheme for your pickleball court.
Choose colors that stand out
When selecting the optimal color combination for your pickleball court, be sure to choose colors that stand out, so players can easily differentiate between the lines on the court and color of the pickleball ball itself.
Bright hues like yellow, orange, and green create a bold contrast against each other and help maintain visibility of the lines in any type of lighting condition. Having a vibrant color palette will also add to the inviting atmosphere of your court!
Most people usually pick rather conventional colors for their pickleball court. Blue and green are the most common colors for courts.
But keep this in mind:
Courts can be painted with any color, but it must harmonize with the lines on the courts and with pickleball ball itself.
As you shop around and ask others for recommendations, you’ll find there are about 18 standard colors for pickleball courts (see below). These colors include maroon, red, bright red, orange, yellow, sandstone, beige, dove gray, gray, ice blue, light blue, blue, light green, forest green, dark green, tournament purple, and black.
Of course, colors can be mixed and matched to come up with hundreds of color combinations.
Consider a tape stripe for the court design
If you’re looking to take your pickleball court to the next level, consider a tape stripe color design instead of the traditional paint markings.
Tape stripes will last much longer than painted lines and are easy and low-maintenance to apply. When selecting colors for the tape stripe, look for colors that stand out against each other without clashing too much – a classic white-yellow combination is always a good choice.
Sun and lighting conditions
When selecting a color combination for your pickleball court, it’s important to keep in mind the lighting and sun conditions on the court.
Bright and vibrant colors may stand out better in direct sunlight, whereas softer tones might be easier to spot in low-light settings. Furthermore, dark colors can absorb more heat when exposed to the sun, so it’s best to avoid them unless you want your players to experience a sweltering match!
Visibility and long-lasting
It’s essential to choose colors that are visible and long-lasting.
Pickleball courts (especially outdoor courts) take a lot of wear and tear, so it’s important to select high quality court paints with good UV protection to ensure they retain their original hue. Additionally, be sure to select one base color with complementary trim or secondary colors that will stand out. A simple yet effective ‘two-tone’ color scheme can be the perfect choice for visually appealing pickleball courts.
Pickleball court color is up to you!
With all the choices in the rainbow for pickleball court color, how do you choose?
Use the handy tool below to see what the best color of the court should be – you can see what works best and worst.
Have fun with this!