Take a look at this page: 50+ Beautiful Websites with Great Colour Schemes | Inspired Magazine
Then these linked sites: Analog Blue Pixel :: Digital Rockstars
SUPER simple. CLEAN. The colours don't distract. Less is more. Use a clean background, colours should be used sparingly and to draw attention. Too much colour and it's LIKE USING CAPS LOCK ALL THE TIME! AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Use photos as graphic elements. Put them in boxes OR paint splats!
To me, the ideal OXP site should say to the visitor:
Not trying to discourage you but give you the benefit of my 20 years working as a graphic designer, including web design.