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 lays on top of the material it’s coloring, just coating 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 usually a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and ridges of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.During your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples directly to your home so you can easily color match with your existing interior design.