As other reviewers have mentioned, the shades are a bit on the sheer side (i.e. let light in through the slats) but overall, they are great. We put them up in our living room, dining room, bedroom and office. Unfortunately, we were not able to use the brackets that came with the shades because the extra 1/8'' on each side caused the shades not to fit (inside mount). So, we actually screwed them in upwards, directly into the top of the window frame. That worked perfectly!