I ordered the purple set and it was hard to tell from the photo what it was going to look like, since you only get to see a tiny thumbnail image. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the bedding arrived (two days after I ordered it!) ... The purple is a very deep, beautiful purple with more blue tones instead of red. One side is a matte satin-type material and the other is an incredibly soft velvet. Very luxurious, especially for the price! The throw pillows are a little small, but they'll look great when paired with other pillows.