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

The best window treatments can do more than merely make your house look gorgeous. They’re also a fantastic way to stop hot sunlight and improve energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can achieve this. But it’s helpful to be aware of the differences between the two so you can make the right decision for your space.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

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

When it deals with energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a great choice. That’s since they’re also highly 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 selecting options for your Duette shades like:

  • LightLock™, which offers 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 natural light to enhance fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which has 20% higher energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the biggest pleat size.

If you’re seeking a economical option, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These best-selling shades include triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your home cozier. 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 can be customized in a wide collection of fabrics, textures and colors to highlight your décor.

Both styles are available as cordless honeycomb shades to provide added safety to households with small 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 come with thick louvers and are hung inside the window frame. Some models are controlled by a tilt bar while others conceal the bar from view. The best plantation shutters are constructed from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re considered the gold standard for window treatments because of their ageless style, excellent 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 kind. Louver Shop of Charleston makes ours from premium deluxe American hardwoods. Due to this, they’re very durable and not heavy. This makes them a great style for big windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the best energy efficiency, up to three times greater than wood. Ours are manufactured from a solid proprietary polymer that withstands intense temperatures without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a fantastic option for spaces with moisture, like bathrooms, or strong sunshine, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization opportunities, from color to louver thickness and frame style.
  • Durable, 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 line.
  • Quality, made in the USA creation that includes one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Recommended for My House?

Whether you select honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Charleston, both are manufactured just for your residence. Here are a few other aspects to think over that can help you make a decision. We’ll also discuss your choices during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can view product samples from the comfort of your couch.


Quality plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s crucial to know that they’re made to last for many years.


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters offer excellent light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades come in opaque fabrics so you can still have a view of outside.

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 goes for plantation shutters, although you’ll want to consider material. Wood works best for dry, cool spaces while polymer is better suited to take on strong sunlight and moisture. They can also be created for doors with handles, including French doors.


Are you seeking bold colors or traditional neutrals? Honeycomb shades are available in the biggest assortment of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most classic style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both popular styles.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades offer the most operating systems, including cord-free and smart. But while shades can only go up or down, you can slide or fold your plantation shutters to the side with bypass or bifold frames.

Design the Right Window Treatments for Your House with Louver Shop of Charleston

With our free, experienced assistance, your house can look just like you envisioned it. Start planning your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by reaching us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation today.

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