Whats the difference between painted and stained shutters? The main divide between painted and stained shutters is how the shutter material interacts with the color. Paint sits on top of the shutter, just coating the surface. Stains on the other hand penetrate the shutter, bonding to the natural wood or Polywood material.The two color options have their own unique benefits. There are usually more color options for painted shutters. With stained shutters, the color doesn’t obscure the natural wood grain, so you can see the random knots and ridges of the material without a layer of paint masking it.For your in-home window design consultation, our team will bring samples of all our color options straight to you so you can perfectly match and complement colors with your existing interior design.