We bought this chandelier for our 12x14 bedroom and it goes perfectly with the somewhat modern decor. I wouldn't use it in a dining room but it would fit a living room very well. In person it looks exactly as advertised, if not better. Very easy to assemble (only screw in the arms and tie wires really), came well packaged and no damages. The glass pieces in it, give it a really eye catching effect. The shades are light beige but it depends on what spectrum light bulbs you use. It could vary between ivory white to deeper beige. As a bonus, lightbulbs aren't visible and the shades are supported directly on the ballast so you could easily use candelabra base CFLs etc. All in all, it looks very elegant and has a polished look that goes great with a contemporary or updated traditional decor.