Help With the Design of My First Apartment?

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Q: I'm moving into my first apartment next month and I'm starting to get cold feet! I signed a lease for a 400 sq ft studio in Chicago. I'm looking for suggestions of how to lay it out and decorate it without making it too cluttered but still keeping it somewhat "homey." I don't know if I should try to squeeze a bed and a couch in the unit or suck it up and sleep on a futon! And, if I get a futon, how do I make that look nice?

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I'm also concerned about colors. I chose to have one of the walls painted orange as an accent. How many more colors can I mix in? I'm thinking of brown curtains and a beige armchair. I also have a navy blue table lamp that I am in love with. The only coffee table / end tables I have are dark brown/black, which I like, but am unsure if they'll go. AAH! I'm starting to get flustered.

I'd really appreciate any advice!

PS - the kitchen is modern: dark cherry cabinets, stainless appliances, dark counters. I have a large Warhol (Curious George, multicolor) that I plan on hanging on the wall - it's in a black wood frame.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.