Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary differentiator between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint sits on the top layer of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or faux wood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are typically more color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural knots and ridges of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.During your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.