When package arrived I was surprised by the colour for it was more of a beige tone than advertised. But when it was placed on the bed, the stitching gave a slight violet hue over the material. Depending on the time of day and the colouring of one's bed the violet hue will be shown even more.
The color of this duvet cover is very taupe. In the photo it looked lighter and more cream-colored to me. Also, the stitching that appeared red is actually orange. In addition, the duvet cover was not correctly sized. The length was good but it was not wide enough for a king size duvet cover. So it did not fit our duvet, or our decor for our master bedroom. We needed a queen size duvet cover though, so we kept it and put it on our queen size bed in the spare room. We just tuck the extra length under the mattress. The stitching is quite nice on it and it looks good in that room with a couple of chocolate brown throw pillows.
This is a beautiful, good quality duvet cover and think the image does it justice for the pattern and colors itself, BUT the sizing is off. I bought a king size and although we do not have a California king and the description is not for a california king, the size is still not right. The image of this picture must show a king size duvet on a queen bed, because in no way do the sides come down that far. my sides only come down as far as maybe 2 inches, which is weird, and it's really long from headboard to foot board. It would fit perfectly if it were turned laterally, but then the print would run up and down instead of across. I'm still keeping it because I really like the print, style and colors and fortunately, our bed is not seen from either side unless you go up along side the bed, so no one ever sees it except us. The quality is also very good and shams are nice. Not sure if I would recommend though.