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

The ideal window treatments can do more than just make your home look beautiful. They’re also an excellent way to keep out bright sunlight and enhance energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can accomplish this. But it’s essential to know the differences between the two so you can make the right decision for your rooms.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a drape-like shade. These shades got their moniker from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that trap air at the glass to prevent energy loss. Depending on the shades you customize, they might have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them stop warmth during the summer and cold during the winter.

When it involves energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a fantastic option. That’s because they’re also extremely customizable, from fabric to colors and operating systems. With as much 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 cozier by adding options to your Duette shades such as:

  • LightLock™, which offers full 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 natural light to highlight fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which possesses 20% greater energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the largest pleat size.

If you’re wanting a economical option, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These popular shades include triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your house more comfortable. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to allow in as much or as little sunshine as you need. And like Duette, they’re available in a full range of fabrics, textures and colors to enhance your décor.

Both styles are available as cordless honeycomb shades to provide extra safety to households with small children and pets. For the greatest in easy operation, there’s PowerView®. With just some minor 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 in the window frame. Some models are moved 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 because of their ageless style, fantastic light control and exceptional 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 South Georgia produces ours from the finest American hardwoods. As a result, they’re extremely sturdy and lightweight. This makes them a fantastic style for expansive windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the best energy efficiency, up to three times higher than wood. Ours are constructed from a dense proprietary polymer that stands up to intense weather without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a fantastic solution for spaces with moisture, like bathrooms, or a lot of sun, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

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

What’s Recommended for My Home?

Whether you select honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of South Georgia, both are made just for your space. Here are a few other things to think over that can help you come to a decision. We’ll also review your possibilities during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can view product samples from the comfort of your living room.


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


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters offer outstanding light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades come in opaque fabrics so you can still enjoy your view of your surroundings.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are versatile 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 consider material. Wood is ideal for dry, cool spaces while polymer is better suited to take on intense sun 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 largest array of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most classic style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both popular kinds.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades have the most operating systems, like 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 South Georgia

With our free, knowledgeable recommendations, your residence can look just like you pictured it. Start planning your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by reaching us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation now.

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