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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 home look attractive. They’re also an excellent way to block blinding sunlight and boost energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can achieve this. But it’s helpful to realize the differences between the two so you can make the ideal decision for your space.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a soft shade. These shades were named from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that keep air at the glass to prevent energy loss. Depending on the shades you customize, they could have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them block warmth during the summer and cold during the winter.

When it involves energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a top choice. That’s due to the fact they’re also highly 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 home comfier by adding options to your Duette shades including:

  • LightLock™, which offers full 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 show off 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 popular shades include triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your residence more comfortable. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to permit in as much or as little sunshine as you desire. And like Duette, they can be customized in a wide assortment of fabrics, textures and colors to enhance your décor.

Both styles come in cordless honeycomb shades to give added safety to households with young children and pets. For the greatest in easy 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 placed in the window frame. Some kinds are moved with a tilt bar while others obscure the bar from your vision. The best plantation shutters are made from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re known as the number one standard for window treatments due to their timeless style, fantastic light control and outstanding 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 common type. Louver Shop of Gulf Coast manufactures ours from premium deluxe American hardwoods. Because of this, they’re incredibly strong and light. This makes them a good option 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 stands up to extreme conditions without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a great option for areas with moisture, like bathrooms, or bright sunlight, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also come with:

  • Customization possibilities, from color to louver width and frame style.
  • 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 line.
  • Quality, made in the USA manufacturing that’s backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Ideal for My Home?

Whether you want honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Gulf Coast, both are manufactured just for your residence. Here are a few other points to think about that can help you make a decision. 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 favorite chair.


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


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

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are versatile and can be placed just about anywhere in your home, 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 rooms while polymer is better to take on high heat and moisture. They can also be made for doors with handles, including French doors.


Are you seeking strong colors or classic neutrals? Honeycomb shades are available in the widest collection of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most traditional style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both well-liked options.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades offer the most operating systems, like cordless and smart. But while shades can only move up or down, you can slide or fold your plantation shutters away with bypass or bifold frames.

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

With our free, expert assistance, 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 book your free consultation today.

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