Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main differentiator between paints and stains for shutters is the way the material of the shutter interacts with the color. Paint lays atop the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains conversely, permeate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually more color choices for paints. With stained shutters, the color won’t lie over the natural wood grain, so you can see the natural knots and ridges of the material without it being hidden by a layer of paint.During your in-home shutter 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.