The color was more aqua than the picture shows, but when the set was on my bed, it didn't matter that it was a different blue than I was expecting. It looks really nice and everyone who sees it, compliments me on it. The dark brown crinkled fabric bed skirt is unusual, and it kind of blends in with the wood of my bed. I prefer it to the lighter-colored bed skirts I have had in the past. The comforter will be really warm this winter, but is definitely too heavy to use in hot weather. The shams and extra decorative pillows are really nice touches and help complete the look of the set. My only really complaint is that the comforter itself seems small; as it barely covers the sheets when I make the bed. There is nowhere near as much overlap as shown in the photo. It makes me wish I had purchased the king-size set for my queen-size bed. But overall, I really love the set and how it looks.