Purchased these for our dining room windows - if you're looking for total privacy/sun blockage, you'll want to go with a darker shade of bamboo. That being said, these particular shades in the "petite rustica" color are so much prettier than shown on the site. They add a touch of class, while gently blocking the sun and providing some privacy. I'd had these shades in a previous home, and knew they were what I wanted for our new home. For the money, Overstock's got the best price. You won't be disappointed.