This is a great bed, very inviting and warm, however, it wasn't so much taupe as it was more of a caramel color. The photos online definitely have it accented in a different light. I have a very comfortable queen pillowtop bed, so decided to set it up without the box spring. Extra slat support is needed, roughly 4-5 in addition to what comes with the bed, as you only get 3 for an entire mattress. The bed CAN be used without a box spring, but I wouldn't recommend it after 1 week of back and neck aches. Platform beds are great, but my comfort level was definitely compromised without the box spring.