Whats the difference between shutter paints and stains? The main difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the material of the shutter. Paint sits on top of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or faux wood material.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are often a larger number of color options for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the random knots and bumps of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your current design.