How comfortable are you with code?
This sounds like a job for hook_preprecess() inside template.php to get the value of drop down field and store it to something like
$var['my_class_to_insert']=. Then inside of whatever.tpl.php used for this situation, have
<div class='$my_class_to_insert'>Content goes here</div>. See https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8124089/ for how to get the value of a field in the template.php file.
The drawbacks to this second approach is that you are coupling functionality to the theme layer and adding to "Drupal's Div Soup."
Or I'd look at two other modules before you open up a code editor. You could try to use logic in the Context Module
Context allows you to manage contextual conditions and reactions for
different portions of your site. You can think of each context as
representing a "section" of your site. For each context, you can
choose the conditions that trigger this context to be active and
choose different aspects of Drupal that should react to this active
And Rules may help out...
The Rules module allows site administrators to define conditionally
executed actions based on occurring events (known as reactive or ECA
rules). It's a replacement with more features for the trigger module
in core and the successor of the Drupal 5 workflow-ng module.
Rules and Context also have a world of other modules that add additional pieces of functionality.