Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The primary divide 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, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand seep into the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.Each method comes with its unique benefits. There are often a larger number of color choices for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural grooves and ridges of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.When it comes time for your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring paint and stain samples right to your door so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.