Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint sits on the top layer of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. 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 it being hidden by a layer of paint.For your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring paint and stain samples straight to you so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.