What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main difference between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, covering the surface. Stains on the other hand permeate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are typically a larger number of color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and bumps of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.During your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.