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

The right window treatments can do more than merely make your home look attractive. They’re also a great way to stop blinding sunlight and enhance 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 best decision for your house.

What Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are a drape-like shade. These shades were named from the honeycomb-shaped chambers that keep air at the glass to lessen energy loss. Depending on the shades you customize, they may have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them stop heat during the summer and cold during the winter.

When it deals with energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a fantastic option. That’s due to the fact 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 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 diffuses sunlight to highlight fabric texture.
  • Trielle™, which boasts 20% more 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 popular shades feature triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your home more comfortable. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to let in as much or as little sunshine as you desire. And like Duette, they’re available in a full collection of fabrics, textures and colors to complement your décor.

Both styles come in cordless honeycomb shades to give added safety to households with young children and pets. For the best 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 include wide louvers and are placed within the window frame. Some models are controlled by a tilt bar while others obscure the bar from your vision. The best plantation shutters are crafted from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re referred to as the top standard for window treatments due to their ageless style, fantastic light control and great 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 common style. Louver Shop of Pittsburgh manufactures ours from the finest American hardwoods. Because of this, they’re extremely strong and light. This makes them a fantastic solution for large windows.

Faux wood plantation shutters have the greatest energy efficiency, up to three times greater than wood. Ours are made from a thick proprietary polymer that weathers extreme conditions without cracking or discoloring. This makes them a good style for rooms with moisture, like bathrooms, or a lot of sun, like a sunroom.

Our shutters also include:

  • Customization possibilities, from color to louver width and frame type.
  • 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 manufacturing that’s backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Recommended for My House?

Whether you go with honeycomb window shades or plantation shutters from Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, both are made just for your space. Here are a few other things to consider that can help you come to a decision. We’ll also discuss your options during your free, in-home design consultation, where you can view product samples from the comfort of your living room.


Quality plantation shutters cost more than honeycomb shades. However, it’s important to be aware that they’re created to last for many years.


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters provide exceptional light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades are available in opaque fabrics so you can still enjoy your view of outside.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are versatile and can be placed just about anywhere in your residence, including on specialty windows, skylights and sliding glass doors.

The same goes for plantation shutters, although you’ll want to keep material in mind. Wood is recommended for dry, cool rooms while polymer is better to take on hot temps and moisture. They can also be made for doors with handles, such as French doors.


Are you looking for strong colors or classic neutrals? Honeycomb shades can be customized in the biggest array of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most classic style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both popular options.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades have the most operating systems, like no cords and smart. But while shades can only operate up or down, you can slide or fold your plantation shutters away with bypass or bifold frames.

Create the Right Window Treatments for Your Residence with Louver Shop of Pittsburgh

With our free, expert recommendations, your home can look just like you envisioned it. Start creating your honeycomb shades or plantation shutters by giving us a call at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation right away.