Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is how the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint sits atop the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural grooves and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.