Getting to Know Hunter Douglas Honeycomb Shades

Hunter Douglas’s Duette® honeycomb shades are a great option for anyone who is looking for high energy efficiency. These shades are considered to be “the pioneer of design and efficiency.” They surely have lived up to that reputation. Because up to fifty percent of heating and cooling energy can escape through windows and doors, it is important to choose window treatments that will limit this. These shades do exactly that.

How They Work

These shades are constructed of individual cells that resemble a honeycomb in their shape. These cells trap air in order to insulate your home or office. Ultimately, these shades will help you lower your overall energy consumption and bills. The great thing, too, is that they work and will insulate your home from both warm and cold climates.

In addition to the original Duette® honeycomb shades, Hunter Douglas also offers the Duette® Architella® shade. This model features a honeycomb within a honeycomb for maximum insulation and energy efficiency.


These cellular shades come in a variety of fabrics, opacities/textures, fabrics and pleat sizes to fit your needs. You can browse our color and fabric selection here. With such a large variety of colors, we are sure you will find something to fit with your home. These shades are also incredibly versatile in how much light and privacy they allow in your home. You can choose fabrics that are completely opaque for complete privacy and a room-darkening effect, or you can choose sheerer fabrics which will filter light into your home, so that it is less harsh. Hunter Douglas’s opaque fabrics are able to block out ninety-nine percent of sunlight from seeping into your home. In addition to various fabrics and colors, you can also choose the size of the pleat depending on the look you are going for. These shades come in pleat sizes of 3/8 inch, which is a best seller, the ¾ inch size, or the 1 and ¼ inch size, which provides a very dramatic look.

And, of course, like all Hunter Douglas custom shades, these come in a variety of operating systems that you can choose from. We offer seven different operating systems for this product including PowerView®, LiteRise®, UltraGlide®, Vertiglide™, Top-Down/Bottom-Up, Duolite™, and SkyLift™. If you are looking for the most insulation possible, the Vertiglide™ is your best bet. You can use one shade to cover an entire sliding door or cover it with a split stack which would allow you to operate each side of the shade, independently.

For those of you with windows and doors that are hard to cover because of their unique shapes, you will be happy to know that Duette® honeycomb shades are customizable to fit almost any shape, including arches, angles, trapezoids, hexagon/octagons, circles/ovals, bay and corner windows, patio/sliding glass doors, French doors, skylights, and sidelights.

If you still aren’t sure if Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades are right for your home, our talented team here at Barrington Draperies and Shutters, Inc, would love to help, whether you’d like to give us a call or visit our showroom in Barrington, Illinois. Our showroom is state-of-the-art and displays many examples of Hunter Douglas window treatments for you to see, touch, and operate. Our professional staff is also there to help. From this location, we service the entire Northwest Chicago area.