I love to use duvet covers because it's more cost-effective to change your decor with a duvet-cover compared to a new bedspread ensemble. This cover set, paired with a brown bed skirt gives my bedroom a pretty new fall/winter look. It's a nice cotton. It is reversible. I bought it to use the blue/cream/yellow side up. I always wash things before I use them and the reverse brown side did fade a little. Over all, I am very pleased with this set.