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

The ideal window treatments can do more than just make your home look beautiful. They’re also an excellent way to stop blinding sunlight and enhance energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can achieve this. But it’s important to know the differences between the two so you can make the best decision for your residence.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a drape-like shade. These shades got their moniker from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that hold on to air at the glass to stop energy loss. Depending on the shades you choose, they may 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 comes to energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a fantastic choice. That’s due to the fact 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 choosing options for your Duette shades like:

  • LightLock™, which provides total 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 natural light to highlight fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which has 20% more energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the most generous pleat size.

If you’re seeking a more cost-effective style, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These sought-after shades feature triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your residence more comfortable. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to let in as much or as little sunlight as you desire. And like Duette, they can be customized in a complete assortment of fabrics, textures and colors to complement your décor.

Both styles come in cordless honeycomb shades to provide added safety to households with little 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 inside the window frame. Some styles are managed with a tilt bar while others hide the bar from sight. The best plantation shutters are crafted 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 types of shutters: wood plantation shutters, faux wood plantation shutters, and a hybrid with wood frames and polymer louvers.

Wood shutters are the most atypical type. Louver Shop of Atlanta manufactures ours from high-quality American hardwoods. Due to this, they’re incredibly durable and light. This makes them a great solution for large windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters are the most energy efficient, up to three times higher than wood. Ours are made from a thick proprietary polymer that weathers extreme weather without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a good solution for rooms with moisture, like bathrooms, or a lot of sunlight, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization choices, from color to louver thickness and frame type.
  • 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 place.
  • Quality, made in the USA creation that comes with one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Ideal for My Home?

Whether you choose honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Atlanta, both are created just for your house. Here are a few other aspects to consider that can help you make a decision. We’ll also review your options during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can view product samples from the comfort of your favorite chair.


Good plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s crucial to note that they’re created 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 opaque fabrics so you can still experience a view of the outdoors.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are multipurpose and can be installed 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 recommended for dry, cool areas while polymer is better to take on high heat and moisture. They can also be made for doors with handles, such as French doors.


Do you want strong colors or classic neutrals? Honeycomb shades can be customized in the biggest 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 styles.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades offer 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.

Create the Right Window Treatments for Your Residence with Louver Shop of Atlanta

With our free, expert recommendations, your home can look just like you imagined it. Start designing your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by giving us a call at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation now.

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