Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The main divide between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays on the top layer 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.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There tend to be a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’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 directly to your home so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.