I purchased 5 shades all together for dining room and kitchen. The shades went up easliy (except for one). The one that did not go up easily was due to one of the windows being smaller than the matching window. I was able to take that shade to a mill and they cut it down about 3/8" so that it would fit. They look wonderful and very expensive. I have them paired with silk drapes and the contrast between the silk and the texture of the shades is glamourous but not fussy. During the day, light filters through them so that you do not have to pull them up if you do not want to. In the evening, they do not offer privacy. If you have a light on in the room, from outside your negighbors will be able to see in your house. If you do not have an issue with that, you will love the quality of these shades. Great quality for the price!