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

The best window treatments can do more than just make your residence look beautiful. They’re also a great way to block bright sunlight and boost energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can achieve this. But it’s important to be aware of 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 lessen energy loss. Depending on the shades you choose, they could have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them stop warmth 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 since they’re also extremely customizable, from fabric to colors and operating systems. With up to 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 more comfortable by adding options to your Duette shades like:

  • 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 disperses sunshine to show off fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which has 20% greater energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the most generous 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 comfier. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to let in as much or as little light as you desire. And like Duette, they come in a wide range of fabrics, textures and colors to complement your décor.

Both styles can be customized as cordless honeycomb shades to offer added safety to households with small children and pets. For the greatest 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 inside the window frame. Some models are moved with a tilt bar while others hide the bar from sight. The best plantation shutters are made from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re considered the number one standard for window treatments as a result 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 classic type. Louver Shop of Columbia makes ours from the finest American hardwoods. As a result, they’re incredibly sturdy and light. This makes them an excellent style for large windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the best energy efficiency, up to three times greater than wood. Ours are manufactured from a dense proprietary polymer that withstands tough weather without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a fantastic solution for rooms with moisture, like bathrooms, or bright sun, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization opportunities, from color to louver width and frame style.
  • Durable, 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 where they belong.
  • 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 Columbia, both are manufactured just for your rooms. Here are a few other aspects to consider that can help you choose. We’ll also go over your possibilities during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can see product samples from the comfort of your living room.


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


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters provide outstanding light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades can be customized in light-filtering fabrics so you can still enjoy your view of the outdoors.

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 applies for plantation shutters, although you’ll want to keep material in mind. Wood is ideal for dry, cool areas while polymer is better to take on high heat and moisture. They can also be made for doors with handles, including French doors.


Do you want eye-catching colors or classic neutrals? Honeycomb shades are available in the widest collection of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most timeless style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both best-selling options.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades can be customized with the most operating systems, such as no cords 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.

Plan the Right Window Treatments for Your Home with Louver Shop of Columbia

With our free, expert recommendations, 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 request your free consultation now.