This is a beautiful fixture! The nickel is a perfect match to my brushed nickel faucets in my master bath where this is hung. The rod comes in 2-10" pieces so you can hang it closer to the ceiling if you wish. Color of the shade is accurately depicted in the photo and is a nice shade of beige. Installation was easy and only had to get clarification from the factory in China (via email) on how to secure the 3 wires (yes there are 3). Turns out you just push up on the little tubes in the ceiling cap, push thru the wire and then let go. The wire locks into place. Push in again to adjust the wire to the correct length and get the shade to hang evenly. I'll also mention that this appears to have an adjustment to angle the ceiling cap if you want to mount it on a slanted ceiling. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the shade had a small smudge on it and little slub in the fabric, so I hung that side facing back. Also the diffuser which is plastic hangs somewhat unevenly around the lower edge because it's not quite stiff enough to stay flat. Enjoy your fixture...we love ours!!!