These blinds are exactly what my living room window needed. I mounted 2 side-by-side in a 96" window frame, and even with a tiny bit of hacksawing to get the fit right, both were up in under 45 minutes. The mechanism is smooth and the color is gorgeous. I was skeptical of the claim that light filtering through these blinds would have a golden glow, but it's completely true! They still have enough opacity to darken the room adequately, and privacy is excellent.