Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The primary differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint sits atop the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you can see the random grooves and ridges of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.During your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples directly to your home so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.