The picture does not do justice.. These chairs are gorgeous. The faux alligator has a little bit of a shimmer to it (not too much, just right), and the velvet color is a little bit deeper than the photo. I'd describe it as carmel. They are so pretty. I actually cancelled an order with another on-line retailer (whose items were backordered and might not have arrived by Thanksgiving) and found these for half of the price I would have paid. Very very pleased.