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

The best window treatments can do more than just make your house look attractive. They’re also an excellent way to block bright sunlight and boost energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can accomplish this. But it’s helpful to realize 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 get their name from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that hold on to air at the glass to stop energy loss. Depending on the shades you choose, they could have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them stop warmth during the summer and chilly air during the winter.

When it involves energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a great option. That’s since they’re also very 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 residence comfier by adding options to your Duette shades like:

  • LightLock™, which provides complete 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 disperses sunlight to enhance fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which has 20% greater energy efficiency with six layers of fabric, five insulating pockets and the biggest pleat size.

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

Both styles can be customized as cordless honeycomb shades to give additional safety to households with young children and pets. For the ultimate in easy 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 feature generous louvers and are hung in the window frame. Some models are controlled by a tilt bar while others conceal the bar from view. The best plantation shutters are made from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re known as the top standard for window treatments as a result of their timeless style, superior 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 atypical style. Louver Shop of Memphis makes ours from high-quality American hardwoods. As a result, they’re incredibly durable and not heavy. This makes them an excellent style for large windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the greatest energy efficiency, up to three times better than wood. Ours are manufactured from a thick proprietary polymer that stands up to intense temperatures without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a good solution for rooms with moisture, like bathrooms, or strong sun, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization opportunities, from color to louver width 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 manufacturing that includes one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Recommended for My Home?

Whether you choose honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Memphis, both are custom-made for your home. Here are a few other points to think over that can help you choose. We’ll also go over your choices during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can look at product samples from the comfort of your living room.


Quality plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s important to note that they’re created to last for a long time.


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters provide excellent light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades can be customized in sheer fabrics so you can still enjoy your view of outside.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are versatile 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 works best for dry, cool areas while polymer is naturally able to take on high heat and moisture. They can also be customized for doors with handles, such as French doors.


Do you want striking colors or traditional neutrals? Honeycomb shades are available in the largest assortment of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most timeless style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both well-liked options.

Operating System

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

Plan the Right Window Treatments for Your House with Louver Shop of Memphis

With our free, expert recommendations, your residence can look just like you envisioned it. Start creating your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by contacting us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation today.

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