Mix Black & Brown Wood in First Apartment?

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Q: I will be moving into my first real apartment, and it is mainly unfurnished. The one piece of furniture it does have (a bookcase) as well as the doors and cabinetry are a light brown wood. The furniture I want is black.

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I plan on buying my first furniture at Ikea or another cheap place, but I still want furniture that I like and that will last me at least through graduate school (~5 years) and possibly several different apartment moves. My question is: Can I make my apartment work with mainly black furniture (I'm planning on buying a bed, bedside table, 2 desks and a loveseat) and some brown furnishings? Or will it look terrible and I should just buy brown furniture to match, even though I don't really want it?

Related questions:
- What basic furniture would you suggest for a first-time apartment?
- Where, besides Ikea and Target, would you recommend buying these? Any other advice?

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