What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is how the shutter material interacts with the color. 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.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and bumps of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.For your in-home shutter consultation, we’ll bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can easily color match with your current design.