Another reviewer's comment about the different lengths of carpet on the starbusts was very helpful to us-- we knew what to expect. Because of these different lengths, it is awkward to vacuum-- and the dark brown base/background seems to attract and hold lint. Colors in the photo on my screen are more muted than actual colors. The starbursts are ruby red, pure orange, and a pearl-ish gray. Background is deep chocolate. The vibrancy and brightness of the carpet made us streamline the entire room-- the carpet is so "busy" we needed to remove decorative items from the walls etc. so that the room didn't feel to crazy. Overall, we're happy with the purchase.