The duvet cover and pillow cases are exactly as pictured. They are soft, breathable and very good looking. However, the queen-size duvet is not easy to center inside the cover. It'd be nice if there were an inner pocket to hold the duvet in place since the cover is actually larger in order to hang over the edges of the bed. Also, I'm not very fond of the throw pillows that were included. They have a sheen to them that does not appeal to me. The gray one is tolerable, but the pearl white one will not be seen on my bed! Overall, I am happy with my purchase, and I think this is a great deal compared to the other sets I saw during my research.