“Windows are the eyes of the home.” Or at least, some think so. It’s an understandable sentiment. It’s through the windows that you let in light and cheer and by windows that you protect your privacy and loved ones.

So when it comes to deciding whether to install outdoor window shades or indoor, how do you choose?

Not to worry. Here’s a simple guide to the pros and cons of each so you can make the choice that suits your home and needs best.

Outdoor Window Shades: Pros

Hate glare? What about high electric bills? Outdoor shades offer solid solutions to these and other irritating window-related problems.

If you have the budget, you can install motorized outdoor window shades that can be set to open and close at the same time each day. This saves you the hassle of going outside or having to open all the blinds indoors each morning to let the sunlight in.

Outdoor window shades eliminate UV rays and better insulate your home so you don’t get spikes in your electric bill during the changes in seasons.

Outdoor shades can even be installed on your patio or sunroom so you have added control over the light and ambiance there.

Outdoor Window Shades: Cons

In many cases, when you want a little more privacy or dark, you will have to get up and go outside to close your shades. This can be a headache unless you spring for the slightly more costly motorized shades.

Another potential con about outdoor window shades to be wary of is their exposure to the elements. 

Ideally, you’ll be able to install quality outdoor shades that can withstand the test of time and weather. However, major storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, snow, you name it, all these things can take a toll on your outdoor shades if not cared for properly.

Indoor Window Shades: Pros

Indoor shades are often less expensive to install. They are the more typical window coverings in most homes. 

Indoor blinds and shades come in a wider variety of styles and can be updated as often as you want. They are less cumbersome to install than most outdoor shades and still give you plenty of privacy and protection from the sunlight.

The right energy-efficient indoor shades can help lower your energy costs while keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Indoor Window Shades: Cons

If you have sunroofs, greenhouses, or skylights, indoor shades usually can’t reach them. This is where outdoor shades can usually be installed to give you total darkness or desired privacy.

How to Choose?

When all is said and done, choosing between outdoor window shades and indoor ones is more a matter of taste than anything else. Once you’ve set a budget, decide which type of shade works better for your needs and tastes.

Then, enjoy the process of adding beautiful shades to your home!

For more window-related tips and tricks, check out our post on window treatments that can brighten any dark space.