Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The primary divide between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits on top of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains conversely, seep into the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are typically a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options straight to you so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.