What is minimalist design? It’s just like it sounds: minimizing design elements to enhance simplistic beauty. Minimalist spaces that are done well will often include neutral colors, well-balanced light (with plenty of natural sources), and accents inspired by nature (greenery, wood, stone, and metal).

In a minimalist approach, all decorations are intentional, and many add more than one purpose to the room. Simply add these five minimalist decorations to your apartment today and start yielding the benefits of this style:

1. Plants

Plants really capture the essence of the minimalist mindset: they have multiple purposes when they are used in a space. First, they add simple beauty. Second, certain plants can help with indoor air pollution. Third, adding plants to your space could even reduce your stress levels!

2. Baskets

Baskets can add great texture to your room, serving an aesthetic and practical purpose. Choosing baskets in earthy tones can easily warm up a neutral room. They also provide great storage spaces for odds and ends, helping to ensure everything has a place and clutter is kept to a minimum.

3. Lamps

Light is a huge part of minimalist spaces. During the day, take advantage of the beauty and warmth of any natural light offerings you have. At night, though, turn to your lamps. While overhead lights will get the basic job done, lamps are a great way to add interesting design elements and chic materials into your minimalist space. Plus, they’ll add visual warmth at night, incorporating the light into your furniture groupings. Glass, wooden, and metal lamp bases can really bring that natural essence into your room, which is so prevalent in minimalist design.

4. Pillows/Throws

Make your space pop with colorful, cozy, and creatively designed pillows and throws. These textiles will add dimension to your minimalist backdrop of neutral colors and sleek lines. Plus, they aid in increasing comfort and warmth when utilizing the space. Take bold risks with these accessories. After all, they are easy to swap out with the seasons, so use them to test the limits of what works and what doesn’t in your space.

5. Art

The neutral walls that usually come with a minimalist space still need some nurturing. Do this through interesting art that caters to plenty of whitespace. You can easily do this with your own photographs (find a fun series in your camera roll from your last road trip, for example). Black-and-white images can add to the drama. Use white matboard, and don’t be afraid to have it cut in a wide and offset manner (again, whitespace!). Then, pop them into matching neutral frames (white or gold are favorites for minimalist decor). Here’s a great “semi-DIY” tutorial for more information.

By mindfully choosing your decorations, you can achieve a high-style minimalist space in no time (and, per its nature, with very few pieces). Focus on items that not only add visual interest but also serve a functional purpose, and you’ll be right on target.