These shades look great. They add a real classy tropical look to a room. Installation was easy. One thing worth mentioning that could be good or bad depending on your point of view is that it is easy to see through these shades from a dark room to a bright outside or dark outside into a bright room. During the day I can see out of my house to the yard while keeping my privacy but at night the neighbors can see into my well lit living room. I hung a second thin white shade between the bamboo shade and the window to give myself privacy at night as well.
We've had these for four years now and just ordered three more for our sun room. They are easy to install and have held up really, really well and add a Heather Chadduck feel to our house. We raise and lower them on a regular basis and have had no issues. We installed them on the west-facing side of our house where the sun is brutal in the summer. These do a great job of filtering out the harsh rays but still letting light come through. We are very pleased with these blinds.