Color was exactly as stated jet black. We bought these for a kid's room hoping he would sleep longer in the morning and take better naps. The curtains block out almost all of the light. With direct sunlight you can see just a touch of light getting through. This doesn't bother us since the room only receives direct light for a couple hours in the evening. The back of the curtains are also black as I'm sure most people expect there to be a backing that is white. The lengths of the two panels we ordered were the same. I would recommend these curtains to someone looking for blackout panels.