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

The ideal window treatments can do more than just make your house look attractive. They’re also a fantastic way to keep out hot sunlight and enhance energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can do that. But it’s helpful to be aware of the differences between the two so you can make the right decision for your rooms.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a drapery-like shade. These shades get their name from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that keep air at the glass to stop energy loss. Depending on the shades you select, they may have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them block high temps during the summer and frigid temps during the winter.

When it comes to energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a great solution. That’s because they’re also extremely 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 house comfier by adding options to your Duette shades such as:

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

If you’re wanting a more cost-effective option, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These best-selling shades include triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your home comfier. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to let in as much or as little sunlight as you want. And like Duette, they can be customized in a full range of fabrics, textures and colors to complement your décor.

Both styles can be customized as cordless honeycomb shades to give additional safety to households with little children and pets. For the best in uncomplicated 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 include wide louvers and are placed inside the window frame. Some styles are moved with a tilt bar while others obscure the bar from view. The best plantation shutters are made from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re considered the number one standard for window treatments because of their lasting style, superior light control and great energy efficiency.

There are three main types 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 Louisiana makes ours from high-quality American hardwoods. As a result, they’re incredibly sturdy and light. This makes them a fantastic style for big windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the greatest energy efficiency, up to three times greater than wood. Ours are made from a dense proprietary polymer that weathers intense weather without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a fantastic solution for rooms with moisture, like bathrooms, or strong sunshine, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also feature:

  • Customization possibilities, from color to louver size and frame style.
  • Long-lasting, 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 where they belong.
  • Quality, made in the USA manufacturing that comes with one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Right for My Home?

Whether you select honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Louisiana, both are custom-made for your house. Here are a few other aspects to consider that can help you make a decision. We’ll also review your possibilities during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can see product samples from the comfort of your couch.


Quality plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s crucial to note that they’re created to last for a lifetime.


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters offer exceptional light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades come in light-filtering fabrics so you can still have a view of outside.

Installation Location

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

The same is true for plantation shutters, although you’ll want to consider material. Wood is recommended for dry, cool spaces while polymer is naturally able to take on strong sunlight and moisture. They can also be made for doors with handles, including French doors.


Are you seeking bold colors or classic neutrals? Honeycomb shades can be customized in the biggest assortment of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most traditional style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both popular options.

Operating System

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

Create the Right Window Treatments for Your Residence with Louver Shop of Louisiana

With our free, expert recommendations, your house can look just like you imagined it. Start planning your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by contacting us at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation today.

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