I have noticed that many people have kick boards in their arenas that are kept finished wood. My arena kick boards are not in good enough shape to do that with (made of cheaper plywood and have holes in them). Will eventually need replaced but was wondering if painting would be a cost effective way to make the ring look nicer until we can afford to redo it. Would this look too tacky? My farm colors are hunter green and white, so I was thinking green kick boards and white from the top of them on the sides. My stalls are finished hardwood, maybe it wouldn't "go" together?
I would go with white on the kickboards themselves, for adding light to the arena. You could purchase barn paint in big buckets, might be cheaper than gallon cans of other paints. You could add green dressage letters on the white, other things you may want highlighted can be green on the white.
Green is nice, but seems like with indoor arenas, any way to lighten them up is an improvement. Kickboards are a lot of surface. Making boards be a white surface could be as good as adding some more lights. If they get dusty, a leaf blower can remove what has settled on them pretty fast and not much labor for you.