I spent about a week researching the heck out of shelf ottomans, and after comparing quite a few from a number of different sites and stores, I ultimately decided on this one. I wasn't crazy about how the color looked in the stock photo, but I was encouraged by all of the reviews that said it was much more "greige" than "beige," and by how all of the ottomans looked in the reviews. My living room is certainly of the gray scheme more than anything else, but I'm working on introducing some warmer neutrals. The "smoke gray" version of this ottoman seemed like a perfect match on top, but the wood part was too "cool gray" for me. I wish I could take the top off the smoke gray and the bottom from this one, but until I'm rich enough to be able to order custom furniture (HA), I'll have to settle for what's out there ;) So, in this review, I REALLY want to focus on the color, because that was the thing I struggled with the most when I was trying to make my decision. Color aside, though, here's my review: This piece is gorgeous. It comes fully assembled which is AWESOME, and it was light enough for me to bring in the house and set up myself (I'm a 120lb female), but that's not to say that it's light and cheap feeling. In complete honesty, I feel like the distressed paint striping is a little overdone and it could've been more subtle, but whatever. You can see the details of this in my photos, but the online photos do a good job of capturing this as it really is, I was just a little surprised by it in person. Not a big deal, though. The tufting is lovely and if I was allowed more photos, I would've captured that better, but like I mentioned earlier, I really wanted to focus on capturing the color. The nailheads are nice and small (also viewable from my photos), which is great because I'm not a fan of the style where they're HUGE. It feels solid, good and strong for sitting on. I'm hoping the fabric can take some stains because we have a 9 month old and two dogs. Oy. The height is perfect- I love that it is the same height as my couch. I know a lot of ottomans are just a little shorter than most couches, but I don't like that. Okay, onto color. For reference in my photos, I have the Radley sectional from Macy's in the "mocha gray" color. My carpet is the Safavieh Hudson Quatrefoil Shag Grey/ Ivory from Overstock. Honestly, I'm a little annoyed at how the color of the ottoman looks in my photos, because it really DOES photograph as "greige." (And I haven't edited any of my photos, so you can see what the true color looks like). I say that I'm annoyed, because I really feel like it does look slightly more beige-y in person. Whenever I come into the room and look at it, I think "khaki." I will also say that I think lighting and time of day is everything when it comes to how the color looks. In the morning and evening, when the sun isn't so strong, it looks more of a warm gray. In the middle of the day and early afternoon when the sun is REALLY in the room, it looks more khaki, more beige. It is CERTAINLY more greige overall, but I would say that of the two (gray and beige), it is a little more beige. Compared to the stock photos, I feel like it isn't THAT dark. Both the wood and the cushion look really dark, and I wonder if that was the result of trying to make it look closer to the real color than their original, lighter stock photo. Anyway, I included some up-close shots of the piece so you can see how it looks head on, against the gray couch, etc. I hope this helps because that's the one thing I was really looking for when deciding which piece to buy. It will take a little bit of time for the color to grow on me because it's a little more of a khaki-beige than what the photos show, and I'm more a fan of more gray-greige than beige-greige. I hope this review helps you make your decision one way or another.