I really like the color of this shade - it is a reddish brown that matches my Armstrong Grand Illusion American Apple laminate flooring . I use it more like a valance along my sliding doors, so I don't plan on moving it up or down too much. I don't need privacy, so the fact that you can see through it doesn't make a difference to me. I also bought a 41 inch one for over my kitchen sink window and it looks great. It took my husband about 5 minutes to install them.