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

The ideal window treatments can do more than merely make your residence look gorgeous. They’re also a great way to block bright sunlight and improve energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can do that. But it’s helpful to realize the differences between the two so you can make the ideal 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 trap air at the glass to lessen energy loss. Depending on the shades you select, they may 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 comes to energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a top option. 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 house comfier by choosing options for your Duette shades such as:

  • LightLock™, which offers complete room darkening, turning your window treatments into blackout honeycomb shades.
  • Duolite®, which includes an all-in-one light-diffusing sheer and room-darkening panel.
  • IllumiCell™, which softens sunlight to enhance fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which boasts 20% more energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the most generous pleat size.

If you’re looking for a economical solution, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These best-selling shades have triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your home more comfortable. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to let in as much or as little light as you need. And like Duette, they’re available in a complete assortment of fabrics, textures and colors to complement your décor.

Both styles can be customized as cordless honeycomb shades to offer additional safety to households with little children and pets. For the greatest in simple 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 have generous louvers and are hung in the window frame. Some models are controlled by a tilt bar while others hide the bar from your vision. The best plantation shutters are constructed from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re considered the gold standard for window treatments due to their ageless style, superior light control and great 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 kind. Louver Shop of Richmond manufactures ours from premium deluxe American hardwoods. Due to this, they’re extremely sturdy and not heavy. This makes them an excellent style for large windows.

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

Our shutters also feature:

  • Customization possibilities, from color to louver width and frame kind.
  • 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 construction that comes with one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Best for My Residence?

Whether you go with honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Richmond, both are created just for your rooms. Here are a few other points to consider that can help you come to a decision. We’ll also go over your options during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can see product samples from the comfort of your couch.


Premium plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s crucial to know that they’re made to last for a long time.


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters provide exceptional light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades can be customized in light-filtering fabrics so you can still have a view of your surroundings.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are multipurpose and can be used 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 keep material in mind. Wood is recommended for dry, cool areas while polymer is better suited to take on strong sunlight and moisture. They can also be customized for doors with handles, such as French doors.


Do you want eye-catching colors or traditional neutrals? Honeycomb shades can be customized in the largest collection 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 have the most operating systems, such as cord-free 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.

Create the Right Window Treatments for Your House with Louver Shop of Richmond

With our free, knowledgeable help, your house can look just like you pictured it. Start designing your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by contacting us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation now.