Wow, talk about being super impressed. Read all of the reviews prior to the purchase as well as surfed the net to make sure this is what I wanted. It was relatively easy for my hubby and son to put together. It is a very dark color almost a black. I feel the logs and flames look as real as can be expected and it really does put plenty of warmth out. I am thrilled that I took the chance on such a high dollar item without seeing it in person. It was well worth it. Thanks to the reviewers to, the comments always help me out.