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

The best window treatments can do more than just make your house look beautiful. They’re also an excellent way to stop bright sunlight and boost energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can accomplish this. But it’s helpful to know the differences between the two so you can make the best decision for your home.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a drapery-like shade. These shades got their moniker from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that trap air at the glass to stop energy loss. Depending on the shades you customize, they might have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them stop heat during the summer and chilly air during the winter.

When it deals with energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a top choice. That’s due to the fact they’re also very 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 home more comfortable by selecting options for your Duette shades like:

  • LightLock™, which offers 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 sunshine to show off fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which has 20% greater energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the largest pleat size.

If you’re seeking a budget-friendly option, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These best-selling shades feature triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your residence more comfortable. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to allow in as much or as little sunlight as you desire. And like Duette, they’re available in a wide assortment of fabrics, textures and colors to enhance your décor.

Both styles come in cordless honeycomb shades to offer additional safety to households with little children and pets. For the greatest in easy operation, there’s PowerView®. With just a few taps on your phone, you can raise, lower or schedule your shades to move.

What Are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters come with thick louvers and are placed within the window frame. Some kinds are managed with a tilt bar while others conceal the bar from sight. The best plantation shutters are manufactured from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re considered the top standard for window treatments as a result of their enduring style, excellent light control and outstanding energy efficiency.

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

Wood shutters are the most atypical type. Louver Shop of Greensboro makes ours from the finest American hardwoods. As a result, they’re very durable and lightweight. This makes them an excellent style for expansive windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters are the most energy efficient, up to three times higher than wood. Ours are made from a dense proprietary polymer that weathers intense weather without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a good solution for areas with moisture, like bathrooms, or strong sun, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization choices, from color to louver width and frame kind.
  • Heavy-duty, nontoxic paints and stains that are healthy 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 place.
  • Quality, made in the USA creation that’s backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Ideal for My Residence?

Whether you want honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Greensboro, both are manufactured just for your house. Here are a few other things to think over that can help you make a decision. We’ll also go over your choices during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can look at product samples from the comfort of your couch.


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


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters deliver outstanding light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades are available in sheer fabrics so you can still have a view of your surroundings.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are multipurpose and can be placed 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 think about material. Wood is ideal for dry, cool rooms while polymer is better to take on strong sunlight and moisture. They can also be customized for doors with handles, including French doors.


Are you seeking striking colors or timeless neutrals? Honeycomb shades can be customized in the widest assortment of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most classic style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both well-liked styles.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades can be customized with the most operating systems, such as no cords and smart. But while shades can only operate up or down, you can slide or fold your plantation shutters to the side with bypass or bifold frames.

Design the Right Window Treatments for Your House with Louver Shop of Greensboro

With our free, expert assistance, your house can look just like you envisioned it. Start designing your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by giving us a call at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation right away.