The blue is definitely darker than I thought it would be, and the material is not fantastic for what I paid for this. The fabric is rough and abrasive on all of the outside, the sheet's are very comfortable, and I love the look of it. I guess you don't have to lay on top of the comforter ;) Love the little pillows, stitching is good, comforter is thicker than I imagined, but I really like the underside of it. The curtains are ridiculously sheer, but wonderful for summer! All in all, I like it, just wish it was softer and the bed skirt was longer and of stronger fabric.