Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main differentiator between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays atop the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There tend to be more color options for paints. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.During your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options right to your door so you can perfectly color match with your existing interior design.