For the money, this is a very nice looking piece. The fabric is definitely multi tonal cream and sand, bits of white, too. It looks beautiful against our dark brown woods. We didn't notice the odor others complained about. We have two other storage benches in our home and I always put sachets or scented soaps in them because few benches circulate air enough to avoid mustiness. We are concerned about long term durability. The bench stores blankets but is also to used as extra party seating in our family room. After the first use for that purpose, the fabric is already stretching and sagging a bit. I hope it lasts longer than I suspect it will.