What Makes Honeycomb Shades Exceptional?

Hunter Douglas Honeycomb Shades for Living Rooms in Newport News, Virginia (VA)

Many companies now manufacture honeycomb shades, but that wasn’t always the case. These unique window treatments weren’t even in existence before the 1970s. During the energy crisis, homeowners found it increasingly difficult to cover the cost of their utility bills and were looking for ways they could reduce them. Because windows are one of the biggest causes of energy loss in a home, Hunter Douglas decided to do their part, and they created honeycomb shades.


Also known as cellular shades, these window treatments are very energy-efficient. The cells that make up these shades trap outside air before it can enter your home and keeps your heat or air-conditioning from leaking out of your windows.

Hunter Douglas provides different levels of energy-efficiency in their honeycomb shades. Their original Duette shades have a single layer of insulating fabric, and their Architella line offers the ability to add extra layers of fabric within each cell. Applause honeycomb shades are available with double or triple layers of cells, which only Hunter Douglas offers. These fabric layers also improve the acoustics in a room by deadening the sound that might otherwise echo in large, open rooms and blocking out noise from the outside.


Honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas don’t come in just one style or fabric. With dozens of colors and textures to choose from, these window coverings can easily blend in with your existing décor or add a splash of color to your walls.

You can also choose how your cellular shades operate. UltraGlide® has a retractable cord that stays the same length whether your shades are open or closed. For additional safety around children and pets, LiteRise® is a completely cordless system, you adjust your blinds by simply pulling them down or pushing them up. With Vertiglide®, honeycomb shades can also cover sliding glass doors or other large expanses of glass, providing the same energy-efficiency. and for the ultimate in convenience, these shades can be motorized with the PowerView® operating system.

Light Control

For being one solid window treatment, Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades offer surprising flexibility in light control. Fabric options range from more translucent to opaque. Cells can be lined with room-darkening fabric for theater rooms or daytime sleepers or with a clear material that adds extra protection while still allowing the natural light to pass through.

Duolite is a unique option that combines a translucent fabric at the top of the shade and an opaque fabric at the bottom, so you can adjust it to provide more or less light control. And the top-down/bottom-up operating system allows you to lower the top of your shade to let natural light in while keeping the bottom of the shade up for privacy.

These quality, energy-efficient shades, as well as the complete line of Hunter Douglas window coverings are available at Unusual Designs in Newport News, Virginia. We also provide other interior design services for your home or business in Williamsburg, Suffolk, Gloucester, Yorktown, Poquoson, or Portsmouth. We even offer free in-home consultations where we bring samples of our products to you! Stop by or give us a call today!