Although the color of the lamp is a darker blue and yellow than the picuture, it's very pretty. The blue glass has a mottled texture, which gives it more depth. I did find that it had a film on the outside of the lamp, that I removed using alcohol & q-tips. This made the overall appearance of the lamp much more beautiful than when I first saw it. Time consuming, but worth it. It is darker of course, when the light is off, but it does provide a good amount of light when turned on; not enough for a reading light, but good for mood lighting. Also, I use a CF bulb with no problems.