What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The primary differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits atop the shutter, covering 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 often more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and bumps of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.For your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options straight to you so you can perfectly color match with your current design.