I purchased 22 of these shades (19 were this size) to replace high-end 2" mini-blinds in my house. I was tired of looking at the white/sterile blinds and most of all I felt they were NEVER clean. I can tell you that these bamboo shades are perfect for my rooms! They instantly warm up the space, but don't overpower the decor. They are crisp and clean and are well-made! Don't let the light color fool you. The bamboo is true light bamboo, but is more earth-toned than white. Installation is a breeze once you get the first one up. They can be cleaned with the brush attachment on any vacuum or a duster. So much easier to clean than mini blinds! If you want to warm up your room and update your look, buy these blinds! Oh, and they aren't room-darkening blinds. The light will shine through.