What’s the difference between shutter paints and stains? The main divide between painted and stained shutters is the way the color interacts with the shutter material. Paint lays on top 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.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are typically more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural grooves and ridges of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.When it comes time for your in-home shutter consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options right to your door so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your current design.