My wife and I just moved out my parents house and into an apartment. This is our first time not living with the 'rents.
We decided to go with an orange/cream/white/brown color scheme for our place. We bought a dark brown wooden dining table/chairs, cream colored tablecloth, and mature orange tablecloths. We also picked up a wooden orange bowl from HomeGoods and put some pinecones and potpourri inside. It turned out really well!
Eventually we plan to buy a light-colored sofa. I want to put a somewhat dark orange toss pillow at each end, and then a brighter orange cylindrical toss pillow in the center.
Anywho, I also want to make an art piece to put on the wall. (I used to do some art work as a kid, but I'm not sure if I still got it in me.) I'm thinking of getting a canvas and painting cherry blossoms in orange paint. I was also considering setting up squares on a canvas, and painting some orange, some white, and some mixed orange/white paint. Another crazy idea was to do something more 3-dimensional, like getting blocks or orange-colored glass and pasting these onto a board.
Any other ideas you want to throw out there? It should be something not too difficult.
Oh yeah, I would consider our style to be modern, not traditional (but at the same time not ultra modern).