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5 Fall Decor Ideas Anyone Can Do

Autumnal laid table with yellow pumpkin

Autumnal laid table with yellow pumpkin  (Westend61 / Larissa Veronesi)

If you're like most people, you probably get the decorating itch when the seasons change. If you're more OMG than DIY when it comes to sprucing up your place, then simple (and inexpensive) solutions are what you need. Here are five ideas we found on Instagram ( #falldecor) that will up your autumn home style without causing major design anxiety.

Let there be light

We heart @kirklands' idea: Take a backyard lantern and add a fall-colored candle. Jewel tones that mimic foliage look great. A few gourds and a handful of leaves make a seasonal site on your mantel or bookcase.

#Lanterns are one of our favorite pieces of #homedecor because they transition from season to season. Add this beautiful Antiqued Cream #Lantern and an orange candle to your home for a fall look. Then, as each new season (or holiday!) comes around, you can change the candle or surrounding decor for a new look. Buy your own lantern via the link in our profile! #myKirklands #falldecor

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Use nonseasonal colors

@figandtwigs uses white and silver to create a sophisticated fall look. We love the monogram touch on the white pumpkin! Use a permanent silver marker to add your initial.

I just found $7.48, 9 granola wrappers, some peanut shells, 4 black Jelly Beans, a Hot Wheels car and an old lottery ticket…in these couch cushions. Boys will be boys… #whitestoneware #homesweethome #blackandwhitechecks #homegoods #homedesign #jomalonelondon #yourautumnabode #falldecor #lovechecks #fallintohome #fallinspiration #whitepumpkin #SLTurnsFall #inspireuswithfall #HospitalityFilledHomes #GloballyInspiredDecor

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Try words

@threebeancircus used one of the oldest decor props in the book -- a chalkboard -- to leave a playful welcome to the season. Take it up a notch using colored chalk and draping with a fall leaf garland. Prop the board near your entryway to greet your guests.

I was tagged earlier by Shelley @restored_haven to share my favorite spot to decorate for #fall, this week's theme for #ourgratefulhome. It is usually my #frontporch (this year all I want to do is decorate my mantle but I will spare you today) We haven't gotten the real deal pumpkins yet but since it is officially fall tomorrow I broke out the new chalk board art. #homeforthefallidays #falldecor #pumpkins #haybales #chalkboardart

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Style your shelves

Genius! Thanks, @sauder. Fill alternating slots of a shelf with orange items. Don't feel the need to run out and buy new stuff -- look around your house for orange or other seasonally hued items to prep the shelf for fall.

Have you started your fall decorating? Share your ideas with us! Check out @worthpinning's style. #fallcolor #fall #falldecor #sauder #halloween #bookcase #shelfie

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Go subtle

We just love the imperfection of @alaceycreation's garland. Her inspiration? A scarecrow. We think it says "fall" without being too over the top. Tie scraps of fabric (you could cut up old dish towels or buy remnants from a fabric store) to some twine and voil! See, we told you not to be scared … of decorating.

Does this remind anyone else of a scarecrow?