I saw these in my local store actually finding them on line and reading ALL the reviews. I am a renter and after I got approval from the apt complex I live in, to paint my dark 70's kitchen cabinets white....which I finished and dressed it up with new hardware. So, it was time to get new curtains or valance with tiers. I had mini-blinds before and hated them....and never again. So, as a renter, I did not want to spend a fortune on ANY window treatment. I accidentally stumbled across these and read ALL the reviews. When I looked at them in the store, I said: "Ah, now I know what the people are talking about as har as the "orange or terra cotta" color to them. The packaging had a see through slot on the box and it looked just like the off colors that have been posted. However, I wasn't read to give up and took them out of the box and let the blind drop, so I could see all the slats. Surprisingly, they looked different (for the better) OUT of the box. I ended up buying them and put them up. For the $$ these blinds look great and you have to get rather close to them in order to figure out what they really are. I even have an old hard rock maple drop leaf table under that same window and they don't clash at all.....matter of fact they both compliment each other. The slats are plastic and they do bend like any other blind. But, the 2" wide slat with the wood grain in them (just like a vinyl sided house would have) gives it just more believable wood feel. Now, if you have a show place of a home with all granite and hardwood floors.....this might not be for you. But, if you are a renter and want this look (without spending $150 or more) for the real thing, this is a good option. Also, I may get these for my parents garage windows (that face the front of the house). They look great from the outside too. You can't beat the price....or the look for the price. All lengths are 64", but the instructions tell you how to shorten them. The width sizes can be pretty large too. They come in just white or the wood color. I would not say the are the typical darkening blind, but it does cut out a lot of light and the plastic slats are thick enough that you don't see any light coming through them. A little light from the sides and just a bit inbetween each slat. However, they still do a good job in cutting out a good deal of light from my southern exposure kitchen window.
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