I was a little worried from other reviewers that I might not like the color of the background on this, but it turns out I love it! Yes, it is a little on the taupe side, but that worked for our decor. Got the peacock pillow to go with it and love how it looks in our guest room. The detailed stitching of the feathers is really nice. You can't really tell from the photo, but it is stitched, not airbrushed or part of the fabric itself. Nice product, nice price.
The color of the cover is not a pale gray, it is a putty color that changes too much based on its surroundings. I wouldn't say it is a high-quality item. Thin fabric, nothing too sturdy about it. I like the simple feather but the rest of the cover is off it color too much to keep the item.
This is as pretty in person as it looks online. I have only washed it once, but it held up great. It does get wrinkly so be sure to take it out of the dryer asap, or you can run an iron along the edges of the shams. The duvet has a zip closure which I prefer over buttons.
The quality of this duvet set is excellent. The color is a medium grey and the quality of the sheeting fabric is very good. The peacock feathers are an unexpected touch.....my neutral bedroom now has a touch of color. I highly recommend this duvet set!