0000 Color Combination Tips for Your Pole Barn
Color Combination Tips for Your Pole Barn
Cori Lane

By: Cori Lane on May 13th, 2019

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Color Combination Tips for Your Pole Barn


Building a pole barn is a big decision. Designing a pole barn is an even bigger decision. There are multiple building features, options, and layouts to choose from. Not to mention, it’s a permanent investment. We get it...you want to make sure you’re making the best choices for your needs.

Although it may seem daunting, the design process is the best part of post frame construction. You’re bringing your dream building to life. Your farm shop, commercial building, suburban garage, or horse barn should showcase your taste. How? Pick a color scheme that best fits you or your business. Add a porch, doors, windows, cupolas, etc. for curb appeal.

Below, we provide some helpful tips for selecting the perfect color combination for your pole barn.

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First, choosing colors is an essential part of the building process. Be sure to take your time researching the paint system and color selections that your post frame builder offers. A permanent decision should not be rushed.

We recommend using Kynar 500 for your post frame project. This paint system is key to the enduring beauty of your building.

How so? Its unique formula contains one of the strongest bonds known to man. A combination of Kynar fluoropolymer resin and ceramic pigments produces excellent resistance to weathering and fading.

The end result is a durable product that withstands abrasion, ultraviolet radiation, extreme weather, chemicals, and solvents.

Choose Your Pole Barn Colors (Wisely)

Before selecting a color, you need to consider your surroundings.

Do you want to match another structure? If so, you’ll want to review your builder’s color swatches to see if there is a close match. Keep in mind that “close” does not mean “exact.” Unless you’re using the same paint from the same company. Often, it’s easier to use a complementary color rather than an exact match.

Are you the type of person that needs everything to be “exact?” Ask your builder about custom colors. Depending on who you build with, they might be able to get the color you want. However, this option will most likely cost you extra.  

If you’re not worried about coordinating with an existing building, then your options are wide open. We recommend looking at other buildings, especially those similar to your project, for inspiration.

Also, check with your builder to see what resources they have available, such as brochures, samples, design tools, etc.

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Color Selection Guidelines

Next, customers make their selection based on one of the following color schemes:


Trim (including door, window, corner trim, track cover, rake, fascia, gutters, and downspouts) is the same as the wall color.


All trim is the same color as the roof.


A mix of blended and accented. A third color may be used as an accent.

Please note that the designer wall (wainscot) isn’t considered trim. Typically, it’s the same color as the roof, whether blended or accented.

Talk to your Project Sales Consultant about color options for walk-in and overhead doors.

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Below, we provided answers to frequently asked questions about color selection.

What color decisions do I need to make?

Once you choose your color palette, it will be applied to the following four areas:

  • Roof
  • Primary wall color
  • Trim
  • Doors and windows

How many colors should I choose?

The vast majority of people select two colors. Some only choose one (ex. Regal White). A small percentage use three, with the third color used as an accent.

If I choose two colors, should I put the darker color on the roof or walls?

Most people prefer light walls with a dark roof and trim. Again, color fade is not an issue with the Kynar 500 paint system.

Do you have any advice about using a third color?

Proceed with caution. Although 3-color combos look sharp, they are challenging to get right. If color selection is not your forte, it’s best to stick with two hues. However, a third color should be close to one of the two main accents.

What colors look best together?

Great question! Color preference is subjective. One key to selecting an eye-catching combination is ensuring sufficient contrast between the two shades.

Here are some 2-color combinations that customers have enjoyed over the years:

If your walls are...

Consider one of these colors for the roof and trim...


Almost everything looks good with white, but the darker colors are generally preferred.


Autumn Red, Black, Brandywine, Copper Penny, Forest Green, Patrician Bronze, Slate Gray, and Terratone

Light Stone

Autumn Red, Black, Brandywine, Charcoal, Copper Penny, Evergreen, Regal Blue, Sepia Brown, and Terratone

Ash Gray

Black, Brandywine, Charcoal, Copper Penny, Forest Green, Patrician Bronze, Regal Blue, and Slate Gray

Surrey Beige

Brandywine, Evergreen, Forest Green, Patrician Bronze, Sepia Brown, and Terratone


Autumn Red, Black, Brandywine, Evergreen, Forest Green, Patrician Bronze, Sepia Brown, and Terratone

Please note that these are starting points and do not list all possible pleasing combinations.

Are some colors more expensive than others?

Check with your pole barn builder to see if all standard colors are the same price. It shouldn't affect your building price.

What is the purpose of a designer wall (wainscot)?

A designer wall has two significant benefits:

  1. It enhances the building appearance by providing a visual break.

  2. It provides easier, less expensive maintenance. When a panel is damaged, it’s usually in the lower portion. Maybe someone backed into the wall with a truck? Or scraped it while mowing? Replacing a 3-foot tall panel is cheaper than a full 16-foot panel.

Let’s Get Started

Are you curious to see how certain colors will look on your dream building? Design your own pole barn with our new and improved online 3D design tool.

When you’re finished, you can save, print, or share your plan with family and friends. If you’re ready for a quote, you can submit your design to us. Then, a member of our sales team will give you a call to begin the estimating process.

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Have more questions about pole barn colors not covered in this article? Please contact FBi Buildings at 1.800.552.2981 or click here to email us. If you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote and a member of our sales team will call you.

About Cori Lane

Cori grew up on her family's small grain and livestock operation in Northwest Indiana. In 2018, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Marian University Indianapolis. Having shown beef cattle for 12 years at the county, state, and national level, Cori chose to pursue a career in the agriculture field. Today, she serves as the Marketing Intern on the FBi team. In her free time, Cori enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, listening to music, and traveling.