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

The right window treatments can do more than simply make your residence look gorgeous. They’re also an excellent way to stop blinding sunlight and boost energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can accomplish this. But it’s essential to realize the differences between the two so you can make the ideal decision for your house.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

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

When it deals with energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a top solution. That’s due to the fact 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 cozier by choosing options for your Duette shades such as:

  • LightLock™, which delivers full 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 show off 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 more cost-effective style, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These sought-after shades have triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your house more comfortable. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to let in as much or as little sunlight as you need. And like Duette, they can be customized in a full range of fabrics, textures and colors to enhance your décor.

Both styles come in cordless honeycomb shades to provide extra safety to households with small children and pets. For the best 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 wide louvers and are hung in the window frame. Some kinds are controlled by a tilt bar while others hide 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 ageless style, fantastic light control and exceptional energy efficiency.

There are three main styles 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 Tampa manufactures ours from high-quality American hardwoods. As a result, they’re incredibly durable and not heavy. This makes them a fantastic solution for expansive windows.

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

Our shutters also come with:

  • Customization possibilities, from color to louver width and frame style.
  • 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 line.
  • Quality, made in the USA manufacturing that includes one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Best for My House?

Whether you choose honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Tampa, both are manufactured just for your residence. Here are a few other points to think about that can help you come to 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.


Quality plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s essential to know that they’re designed to last for a lifetime.


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

Installation Location

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

The same is true 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 created for doors with handles, such as French doors.


Are you looking for striking colors or timeless neutrals? Honeycomb shades are available in the widest array 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 can be customized with the most operating systems, such as cordless 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 Home with Louver Shop of Tampa

With our free, expert assistance, your house can look just like you imagined it. Start creating your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by reaching us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation now.