What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The primary differentiator between a shutter that’s stained or painted is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the material it’s coloring, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually a larger number of color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color won’t interfere with the natural wood grain, so you can see the random grooves and bumps of the material without it being masked by a layer of paint.For your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options directly to your home so you can easily color match with your existing interior design.