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

The right window treatments can do more than simply make your residence look beautiful. They’re also a fantastic way to block bright sunlight and boost energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can achieve this. But it’s helpful to know the differences between the two so you can make the best decision for your space.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

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

When it comes to energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a fantastic choice. That’s because they’re also extremely customizable, from fabric to colors and operating systems. With as much 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 cozier by choosing options for your Duette shades such as:

  • 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 disperses sunshine to enhance fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which has 20% more energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the largest pleat size.

If you’re looking for a more cost-effective style, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These sought-after shades have 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 sunshine as you want. And like Duette, they can be customized in a wide assortment of fabrics, textures and colors to highlight your décor.

Both styles are available as cordless honeycomb shades to provide extra safety to households with young children and pets. For the greatest in uncomplicated 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 feature generous louvers and are hung inside the window frame. Some styles are controlled by a tilt bar while others obscure the bar from sight. The best plantation shutters are crafted from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re referred to as the number one standard for window treatments because of their timeless style, fantastic light control and exceptional 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 classic type. Louver Shop of Charlotte manufactures ours from the finest American hardwoods. Due to this, they’re very durable and not heavy. This makes them a great style for large windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters are the most energy efficient, up to three times better than wood. Ours are constructed from a dense proprietary polymer that stands up to intense conditions without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a great solution for areas with moisture, like bathrooms, or intense sunshine, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization opportunities, from color to louver thickness and frame type.
  • Heavy-duty, nontoxic paints and stains that are all right 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 manufacturing that includes one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Best for My Home?

Whether you select honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Charlotte, both are created just for your house. Here are a few other points to think over that can help you come to a decision. We’ll also discuss your options during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can view product samples from the comfort of your living room.


Good plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s important 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 opaque fabrics so you can still enjoy your view of the outdoors.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are versatile 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 better suited to take on high heat and moisture. They can also be made for doors with handles, such as French doors.


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

Operating System

Honeycomb shades offer the most operating systems, including cord-free and smart. But while shades can only move 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 House with Louver Shop of Charlotte

With our free, knowledgeable help, your residence can look just like you imagined it. Start creating your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by contacting us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation today.