I bought these blinds for my bedroom and love how they look but I did have to do a little work on them for the light. I read all the reviews and the description does say that they are not room darkening but I wanted the look of the bamboo so decided to try them anyway. We have 2 windows facing the east so we get a lot of morning light, which these didn't work so well for. And at night, you can see right through them when you stand outside, which also doesn't work so well for a bedroom. But I lined the back of them with some material using just hot glue; now they look great and are extremely functional as they are definitely room darkening now! I would recommend these for any room but they need a backing if you're looking for privacy or darkening. They were easy to install and seem very durable. I did have a little problem with the size where I had to return and re-order them, but Overstock was very easy to work with and shipped out my new order immediately...fast shipping and good customer service!