C# - WPF/XAML - How to bind an enum object to the background of a button?

I want to bind the background color of a button to an enum. I wonder if there is an enum object that can hold multiple values, for example the state and the color. I want to avoid two enums that could be out of sync. Here are two enums that I would like to integrate with each other.

enum StateValue { Player, Wall, Box }
enum StateColor { Colors.Red, Colors.Grey, Colors.Brown }

Then I need to create a binding for the XAML button.

<Button Content="Player" Background="{Binding Source=...?}" />

Maybe, a dictionary like the following is helpful. But still I do not know how the binding needs to be written.

public Dictionary<StateValue, Color> stateValueColor = 
new Dictionary<ElementState, Color>()
 { StateValue.Player, Colors.Red },
 { StateValue.Wall, Colors.Grey },
 { StateValue.Box, Colors.Brown }


I would advise you to use a custom converter for that, and only supply the enum from code-behind (or ViewModel).

This would look like this:

[ValueConversion(typeof(StateValue), typeof(Color))]
public class StateValueColorConverter : IValueConverter
    public object Convert(object value, Type targetType, object parameter, CultureInfo culture)
        if(!(value is StateValue))
            throw new ArgumentException("value not of type StateValue");
        StateValue sv = (StateValue)value;
        //sanity checks
        switch (sv)
                case StateValue.Player:
                return Colors.Red;

    public object ConvertBack(object value, Type targetType, object parameter, CultureInfo culture)
       Color c = (value as Color);
       if(c == Colors.Red)
         return StateValue.Player;

And in wpf:

  Background="{Binding Source=StateValue, 
    Converter={StaticResource stateValueColorConverter}}" />

Of course, if you are using a DI container, you could provide different implementations of the interface with changing colours, just let your view get a converter injected and supply that via binding to the converter property of the binding.

Note: this code was written without compiler, I'm not sure if the xaml is 100% correct, but you should get the idea.

Mirror from

StackOverflow - How to bind an enum object to the background of a button? - https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4129270/how-to-bind-an-enum-object-to-the-background-of-a-button/4129307#4129307

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