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

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

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a drapery-like shade. These shades get their name from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that trap air at the glass to stop 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 frigid temps during the winter.

When it involves energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a fantastic choice. That’s because 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 including:

  • LightLock™, which provides complete room darkening, turning your window treatments into blackout honeycomb shades.
  • Duolite®, which has an all-in-one light-diffusing sheer and room-darkening panel.
  • IllumiCell™, which diffuses sunlight to enhance fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which possesses 20% higher energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the biggest pleat size.

If you’re wanting a budget-friendly solution, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These popular shades include 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 want. And like Duette, they’re available in a complete range of fabrics, textures and colors to highlight your décor.

Both styles are available as cordless honeycomb shades to provide added safety to households with young children and pets. For the ultimate in uncomplicated 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 feature wide louvers and are placed inside the window frame. Some kinds are moved 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 referred to as the top standard for window treatments due to their enduring style, fantastic light control and great energy efficiency.

There are three main types 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 Boston produces ours from high-quality American hardwoods. Due to this, they’re incredibly sturdy and light. This makes them a fantastic solution for large windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the best energy efficiency, up to three times greater than wood. Ours are made from a dense proprietary polymer that stands up to tough conditions without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a great option for spaces with moisture, like bathrooms, or bright sun, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization possibilities, from color to louver thickness and frame style.
  • 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 line.
  • 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 Boston, both are custom-made for your rooms. Here are a few other things to think over that can help you make a decision. We’ll also discuss your options during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can see product samples from the comfort of your favorite chair.


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


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters deliver excellent light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades come in light-filtering fabrics so you can still experience a view of the outdoors.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are flexible and can be used 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 think about material. Wood works best for dry, cool spaces while polymer is better suited to take on intense sun and moisture. They can also be created for doors with handles, such as French doors.


Do you want bold colors or timeless neutrals? Honeycomb shades can be customized in the widest assortment of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most traditional style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both popular kinds.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades can be customized with 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.

Plan the Right Window Treatments for Your House with Louver Shop of Boston

With our free, experienced recommendations, your house can look just like you imagined it. Start creating your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by giving us a call at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation right away.