I bought a second spread, after being so pleased with the first. You must use a white duvet as the material would show through if colored, which is true of most white Duvet covers. The ribbon is a Toupe color and the embroidery is almost black. It's all really lovely. Note the pillow cases both face the same direction, which is fine really. This cover looks very expensive and luxurious. If you are a professional shopper, you will love this deal.