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Honeycomb Shades vs. Plantation Shutters: Whats Ideal for My House?

The best window treatments can do more than simply make your residence look gorgeous. They’re also a great way to stop bright sunlight and enhance energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can do that. But it’s helpful to know the differences between the two so you can make the right decision for your house.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a drape-like shade. These shades were named from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that keep air at the glass to stop energy loss. Depending on the shades you customize, they could have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them keep out heat during the summer and frigid temps during the winter.

When it involves energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a fantastic option. That’s due to the fact they’re also highly customizable, from fabric to colors and operating systems. With as many as six layers of fabric and five insulating air pockets, Duette® Honeycomb Shades are the most energy-efficient honeycomb window shades on the market.

Make your residence cozier by choosing options for your Duette shades like:

  • LightLock™, which delivers total room darkening, turning your window treatments into blackout honeycomb shades.
  • Duolite®, which has an all-in-one light-diffusing sheer and room-darkening panel.
  • IllumiCell™, which diffuses sunlight to show off fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which possesses 20% more energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the biggest pleat size.

If you’re seeking a economical style, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These sought-after shades have triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your house more comfortable. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to allow in as much or as little sunshine as you want. And like Duette, they can be customized in a full assortment of fabrics, textures and colors to enhance your décor.

Both styles are available as cordless honeycomb shades to provide additional safety to households with little children and pets. For the best in simple operation, there’s PowerView®. With just some minor taps on your phone, you can raise, lower or schedule your shades to move.

What Are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters feature wide louvers and are hung within the window frame. Some styles are controlled by a tilt bar while others hide the bar from view. The best plantation shutters are constructed from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re referred to as the top standard for window treatments because of their ageless style, fantastic light control and outstanding energy efficiency.

There are three main styles of shutters: wood plantation shutters, faux wood plantation shutters, and a hybrid with wood frames and polymer louvers.

Wood shutters are the most atypical style. Louver Shop of Louisville manufactures ours from premium deluxe American hardwoods. Because of this, they’re extremely strong and lightweight. This makes them a good style for large windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the greatest energy efficiency, up to three times higher than wood. Ours are constructed from a solid proprietary polymer that withstands tough conditions without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a great solution for areas with moisture, like bathrooms, or bright sunlight, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization possibilities, from color to louver size and frame style.
  • Durable, nontoxic paints and stains that are safe for your family and the environment.
  • A guarantee against cracking, peeling, fading and discoloring.
  • Heavy-duty staples and our patented DuraGlide™ Tensioning System that’s guaranteed to keep louvers in line.
  • Quality, made in the USA construction that’s backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Ideal for My House?

Whether you go with honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Louisville, both are created just for your rooms. Here are a few other aspects to think about that can help you make a decision. We’ll also go over your possibilities during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can look at product samples from the comfort of your living room.


Quality plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s crucial to know that they’re designed to last for many years.


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters deliver excellent light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades are available in sheer fabrics so you can still enjoy your view of outside.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are multipurpose and can be used just about anywhere in your home, including on specialty windows, skylights and sliding glass doors.

The same goes for plantation shutters, although you’ll want to think about material. Wood works best for dry, cool rooms while polymer is better suited to take on high heat and moisture. They can also be customized for doors with handles, including French doors.


Do you want eye-catching colors or classic neutrals? Honeycomb shades are available in the biggest array of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most traditional style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both popular styles.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades can be customized with the most operating systems, like cord-free and smart. But while shades can only go up or down, you can slide or fold your plantation shutters out of the way with bypass or bifold frames.

Design the Right Window Treatments for Your Residence with Louver Shop of Louisville

With our free, experienced assistance, your residence can look just like you imagined it. Start planning your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by reaching us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation now.

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