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

The right window treatments can do more than simply make your house look attractive. They’re also an excellent way to keep out blinding sunlight and enhance energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can do that. But it’s essential to realize the differences between the two so you can make the best decision for your home.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a soft shade. These shades got their moniker from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that keep air at the glass to lessen energy loss. Depending on the shades you customize, they could have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them keep out high temps during the summer and cold during the winter.

When it deals with energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a great option. That’s since 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 residence cozier by selecting options for your Duette shades such as:

  • LightLock™, which delivers complete 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 natural light to highlight fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which boasts 20% greater energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the largest pleat size.

If you’re wanting a budget-friendly solution, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These best-selling shades feature triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your home comfier. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to allow in as much or as little light as you desire. And like Duette, they’re available in a complete collection of fabrics, textures and colors to complement your décor.

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

What Are Plantation Shutters?

Plantation shutters have thick louvers and are installed in the window frame. Some models are moved with a tilt bar while others hide 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 because of their ageless style, excellent light control and exceptional 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 classic style. Louver Shop of Philadelphia makes ours from the finest American hardwoods. As a result, they’re incredibly strong and not heavy. This makes them a great solution for expansive windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the best energy efficiency, up to three times higher than wood. Ours are manufactured from a solid proprietary polymer that withstands intense temperatures without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a fantastic style for rooms with moisture, like bathrooms, or bright sunlight, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also come with:

  • Customization possibilities, from color to louver thickness and frame kind.
  • 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 manufacturing that’s backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Right for My Residence?

Whether you want honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Philadelphia, both are manufactured just for your home. Here are a few other points to think about that can help you choose. We’ll also review your possibilities 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 note that they’re made to last for a long time.


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

Installation Location

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

The same applies for plantation shutters, although you’ll want to consider material. Wood is ideal for dry, cool areas while polymer is naturally able to take on intense sun and moisture. They can also be created for doors with handles, such as French doors.


Are you looking for bold colors or traditional neutrals? Honeycomb shades are available in the largest array of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most timeless style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both well-liked options.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades can be customized with the most operating systems, including cordless 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 Residence with Louver Shop of Philadelphia

With our free, knowledgeable recommendations, your residence can look just like you imagined it. Start designing your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by reaching us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation right away.

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