The rug colors are perfectly soft and muted. I am using the rug under a queen bed with a colorful bedspread, so I specifically wanted a rug to compliment but not upstage the bedspread. Another thing I really like is the rug has no fringe. So there is nothing to accidentally get caught in the vacuum cleaner. A small note: I did notice an odor when I got the thick plastic wrappings off the rug. However, after I opened a window the smell was completely gone in 2 hours. One corner of the rug had a slight curl, but I placed some heavy books on it to "train" it flat again. Overall, I am pleased with the quality and soft colors of this rug.