What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The primary difference between paints and stains for shutters is how the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint lays on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are often more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.For your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options straight to you so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.