Looks as pictured. It is dark and I agree with previous review that the top is not 'cushy'. It is firm but that is good because I believe it will hold up better. It is still soft enough to plop your feet on and relax. The gas shocks are awesome hold the lid up strong. It's hard for my 7 year old daughter to close. So, if you are worried about a baby it should be fine! A very very small white spot on the leather is the only imperfection and can be easily fixed with a little shoe polish. Arrived in seriously, three days! I was shocked to see it at my door! Love it!