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

The right window treatments can do more than just make your home look attractive. They’re also a great way to keep out bright sunlight and enhance energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can do that. But it’s helpful to be aware of the differences between the two so you can make the right decision for your residence.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a drape-like shade. These shades get their name from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that keep air at the glass to lessen energy loss. Depending on the shades you select, they may have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them keep out warmth during the summer and chilly air during the winter.

When it comes to energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a great choice. That’s due to the fact 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 home cozier by selecting options for your Duette shades including:

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

If you’re looking for a economical style, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These best-selling shades feature triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your residence comfier. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to allow in as much or as little sunshine as you desire. And like Duette, they come in a complete collection of fabrics, textures and colors to highlight your décor.

Both styles can be customized as cordless honeycomb shades to offer additional safety to households with small children and pets. For the best in uncomplicated 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 come with generous louvers and are placed in the window frame. Some models are moved with a tilt bar while others obscure the bar from view. The best plantation shutters are manufactured from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re known as the gold standard for window treatments as a result of their lasting style, excellent light control and great 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 classic style. Louver Shop of Austin manufactures ours from high-quality American hardwoods. Due to this, they’re incredibly durable and not heavy. This makes them an excellent 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 dense proprietary polymer that weathers extreme weather without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a good solution for areas with moisture, like bathrooms, or a lot of sunshine, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization options, from color to louver width and frame type.
  • 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 where they belong.
  • Quality, made in the USA creation that comes with one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Right for My House?

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


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


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 the outdoors.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are multipurpose and can be used just about anywhere in your home, including on specialty windows, skylights and sliding glass doors.

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


Do you want striking colors or timeless neutrals? Honeycomb shades come in the widest collection of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most classic style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both best-selling options.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades can be customized with the most operating systems, like cord-free and smart. But while shades can only go up or down, you can slide or fold your plantation shutters away with bypass or bifold frames.

Design the Right Window Treatments for Your Residence with Louver Shop of Austin

With our free, knowledgeable help, your residence can look just like you pictured it. Start designing your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by contacting us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation right away.