The color definitely isn't gray, which is what I was looking for. It definitely is taupe and next to gray walls it is very evident.. Also the pillow shams are very much just like a pillow case. No body to them whatsoever. The design is great but if you are looking for gray, this isn't the set for you. I do have to say that the size of the comforter was extremely generous for a full size. So if you are looking for something in brown/beige tones go for it.