This runner fits perfectly in our hallway ~ anything less than 3' would have looked skimpy. The colors depicted are true: it's a muted color scheme, not bright. There is some shedding going on, but I'm hoping that's just because it's new. I bought a pad to go under it so it doesn't slip and the rug feels very thick and cushy on the bare feet. The animals also approve. I think this rug was a very good value, plus it shipped quick and it's hard to beat that low shipping cost! This, my friends, is the place to buy rugs.