I bought these curtains for my bedroom because I wake up the minute any light shines through the window. They black out pretty well, although I have shades behind them that help a lot too. They are more detailed and colorful than the picture looks, which delighted me because they matched my bedspread even better than I thought they would. There are also hints of mauve and sage in the detail. You do have to put them in the dryer a little bit with a damp washcloth to get the wrinkles out, but they came out fine. Instead of using the pole opening, I bought drapery clips and slid them on the pole that way. I wanted to be able to just sweep them open in the morning, and this worked well.