I needed a spring, summer, fall, bedcover that was cooler than the down duvet I keep on the bed in a guest room. As others have reported, the color, rather than ivory, could be described as a very pale lemon color. This was exactly what I wanted, and the color is perfect with the paint color in the room. It would also compliment a citron, pear, or lime color. It is long enough to cover the pillows, but it just barely covers the sides of the mattress. I may not dare to wash the quilt in the washer, for fear it will shrink too much on the sides. This is why I only gave it a 4. I am keeping it, but if I had a do over, I would have bought one size up, which I think another poster already suggested.