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

The ideal window treatments can do more than merely make your residence look attractive. They’re also a great way to keep out blinding sunlight and boost energy efficiency. Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters can accomplish this. But it’s important to be aware of 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 trap air at the glass to prevent energy loss. Depending on the shades you customize, they might have anywhere from three to five insulating air pockets. This helps them keep out high temps during the summer and chilly air during the winter.

When it deals with energy efficiency, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are a great solution. That’s since they’re also extremely 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 house cozier by choosing options for your Duette shades including:

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

If you’re seeking a more cost-effective style, there’s Hunter Douglas Applause® Honeycomb Shades. These popular shades feature triple-cell insulating air pockets to keep your home cozier. As top-down bottom-up honeycomb shades, you can adjust them to permit in as much or as little sunshine as you want. And like Duette, they’re available in a wide collection of fabrics, textures and colors to highlight your décor.

Both styles can be customized as cordless honeycomb shades to give additional safety to households with small children and pets. For the greatest in simple 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 generous louvers and are installed inside the window frame. Some styles are managed with a tilt bar while others obscure the bar from your vision. The best plantation shutters are manufactured from furniture-grade basswood or high-quality polymer. They’re known as the number one standard for window treatments due to their lasting style, fantastic light control and great energy efficiency.

There are three main types 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 Jacksonville makes ours from premium deluxe American hardwoods. Because of this, they’re very strong and lightweight. This makes them a fantastic solution for big windows.

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

Our shutters also come with:

  • Customization opportunities, from color to louver size and frame kind.
  • Durable, 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 construction that comes with one of the best warranties in the industry.

What’s Ideal for My Home?

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


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


Both honeycomb shades and plantation shutters provide exceptional light control and energy efficiency. However, honeycomb shades are available in sheer fabrics so you can still experience a view of your surroundings.

Installation Location

Honeycomb shades are flexible 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 is recommended for dry, cool rooms while polymer is better to take on high heat and moisture. They can also be made for doors with handles, such as French doors.


Are you seeking strong colors or traditional neutrals? Honeycomb shades can be customized in the biggest array of colors, patterns and textures, while plantation shutters are the most traditional style. White plantation shutters and black plantation shutters are both best-selling kinds.

Operating System

Honeycomb shades have the most operating systems, like no cords and smart. But while shades can only move 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 Jacksonville

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

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