What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main difference between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t interfere with 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 our stain and paint options directly to your home so you can perfectly color match with your current design.