I was very excited to receive my purchase and then I opened the box. I had read a prior review about the coloring being very bright but, I took my chances and thought it was only 1 person's opinion.. The picture shows a soft muted gray with splashes of yellow. The yellow is extremely bright and the flowers are also very large and they really stand out. The set is much busier than the picture leads to believe. I'm returning this item for a softer coloring option.