We don't have the cream upholstery, but saw it in other models when we were shopping and agree, it looks very nice against the dark wood. We do, however, have the "wild honey" upholstery (ultraleather) and it is also very light. So far, no problems with any dirt/scuff/pet marks that did not easily wipe off. It was not an accident that the wild honey we chose is about the same color as our Golden Retriever. We have a quilted blanket about the same color we keep on the couch when he decides that is where he wants to nap.