This rug was packaged very well upon delivery. Opened it up and saw that it was more beautiful than the picture, as it is hard to see the depth of color and the carving between the lines in the design on the screen. Was going to use this as a master bedroom rug as it is very thick and plush, but found that it looks fabulous in the living room with chocolate leather sectional. Very elegant and modern. The shade of blue is definitely a muted blue with the gray contrast in the large floral design. Not bright colors by any means. I would use this rug in almost any decor - modern/contemporary or traditional. Friends have stopped by and LOVED it. Looks wonderful on hardwood floor!