Do you believe “less is more”? You aren’t the only one. As apartment renters are wanting to enhance their space’s simplistic beauty, many turn to minimalist design. Minimalist spaces that are done well will often include neutral colors, well-balanced natural light, and accents inspired by nature (greenery, wood, stone, and metal).

By taking a minimalist approach, all your decorations are intentional, and many add more than one purpose to the room. If you are an avid minimalist or want to add some simplicity to your living space, here are five decorating tips to help you reach the minimalist style.

1. Plants

Plants are the perfect minimalist decorative objects. Why? Because they serve multiple purposes. Not only do they add beauty to a room, but they also help improve your indoor air quality and reduce your stress levels! Sounds like a win-win for your minimalist space and your emotional/physical health.

2. Baskets

Minimalists often choose simple, woven baskets in earthy tones. Woven baskets add texture and can easily warm up a neutral room with their earthy tones. Baskets also provide great storage spaces for blankets, children’s toys, or plant pots, helping to ensure everything has a place and clutter is kept to a minimum.

3. Lamps

Light is a major factor in minimalist spaces. Take advantage of the warmth of any natural light offerings your space has by opening curtains and blinds. At night, opt for your lamps rather than overhead lighting. Lamps will not only add depth to a room, but they also serve as interesting and chic design elements. Try to stick to glass, wooden, and metal lamp bases to bring a natural essence into your room, a prevalent element in minimalist design.

4. Pillows/Throws

While most minimalist elements are naturally colored, pillows and throws allow you to add some colorful and cozy pop to your room. Bold pillows will provide color dimension to your room against the backdrop of neutral colors and sleek lines. Take bold risks with these accessories. After all, they are easy and often inexpensive to swap out during each season.

5. Art

Often, minimalist spaces come with neutral walls, and these walls need nurturing. Add variation by hanging interesting art that caters to plenty of whitespace. You can easily do this with your own photographs, and incorporating one or two black-and-white images can add depth to the photo series. Use a white matboard, and don’t be afraid to have it cut wide into the photos (again, think whitespace!). Then, pop the photos into matching neutral frames. Follow this  “semi-DIY” tutorial for more information.

By mindfully choosing your decorations, you can achieve a minimalist space in no time. Focus on items that add visual interest and serve a functional purpose: plants, baskets, lamps, pillow, and art used sparingly will do the trick!