What’s the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main difference between painted and stained shutters is the way the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint lays on top of the shutter, covering the surface. Stains conversely, penetrate the shutter, becoming a part of the natural wood or Polywood material.Both methods come with their individual benefits. There are typically more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you’re able to see the natural grooves and ridges of the material without a layer of paint hiding it.During your in-home window design consultation, we’ll bring samples of our stain and paint options straight to you so you can easily match and complement colors with your existing interior design.