Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits on top of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and bumps of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of our stain and paint options straight to you so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.