I purchased these verticals for my family room’s four windows. I took a chance, since on a web I couldn’t find a description on how transparent they are (I talked to the customer service as well). I was looking for 50 – 60% light protection and 100% privacy. That is exactly what I got with them. They look sleek, clean with understated elegance. They go perfectly with my modern décor. I ordered two colors: gold and pine. I thought that I could mix them to create some visual interest – the colors look almost identical, so now I have to add some accent to spice it up a little, but it is minor minus compare to the huge value I got from them.