Colors are bright. Background is a gray slate (like roof slate gray) and a good bit of white within the floral pattern. The reviewer that mentioned a gray/slate background sold me on the rug. It has a shine, but with time and a dog, that will dull. Vacuums aok. Continues to flatten to the floor and to be expected. Size is pretty accurate. It is bold and commands attention. You should like color to use this rug.