12 Ways to Decorate With Pampas Grass

Cream-colored pampas grass in beige vase in between wicker chair and seating with blanket on top

The Spruce / Leticia Almeida

Pampas grass—also known by its scientific name, cortaderia selloana—is the year's newest (and most surprising) trend. Who knew we'd collectively fall in love with grass, of all things? These gorgeous waving wheat-toned grasses recall vintage gardens and pastoral pastures. Just one stalk perfectly complements modern decor: minimal white walls look all the better with a stalk of pampas grass adding fluff and texture. Colorful tones, paired with this lush floral, feel like it could persevere another decade.

Not convinced? These 12 images will have you running to your closest garden store in search of this stunning, budding botanical.

  • 01 of 12

    Seasonal Upgrade

    entryway pampas grass

    @isha_jimenez/Instagram

    Creating a seasonal spread for your entryway helps each part of the year feel special. Isha Jimenez created this stunning autumnal spread that is still subdued enough to scream neither Halloween nor harvestfest. (Not that there's anything wrong with some beautiful harvest-themed decor.) Mimic the look with white-painted pumpkins, ceramic vases, and wicker. And the pièce de résistance? Pampas grass, of course. Not only will it add height to your banquette tablescape, but it feels like waving wheat on an autumnal field.

  • 02 of 12

    Back in Black

    black bunny tail pampas grass table decor

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    Incorporating black into your home is a surefire way to add intrigue and drama. But pulling off such a dramatic shade requires a careful eye for color and contrast. This black bunny tail plant is a perfect addition if you're aiming to create a mystic and moody escape. Marta Kop, blogger and owner of the shop Kiss My Pampas, paired the combination with a unique white ceramic vase to set the mood. Matched with a black fireplace and striking white walls, this dramatic effect may just steal the room.

  • 03 of 12

    Keep It Simple

    entryway with pampas grass

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    Despite typically being a beige color, pampas grass doesn't require much fuss to make a statement, Simply add it to a decorative vase and let it stand on its own—like this entryway from Kerry of @klk.interiors. The entry showcases a round mirror, a subtle vase with pampas grass, and two candles on the opposing end. The appearance is simple, subdued, and absolutely perfect.

  • 04 of 12

    Amplify Neutrals

    pampas grass in unique vase

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    For most of the 2010s, "neutrals" have meant a few very specific things in terms of color. Primarily, it's meant all white and a few bold accents. Lately, as a society, we've been steering away from beige tones.

    But not for long, maybe: this gorgeous living room by Yukiko Brandley may have you reconsidering the role of beige and soft browns in our homes. Waving the grassy stalks add a lush, gentle texture to this airy space. These florals make a picture-perfect bridge between the all-white modernism of the early 2010s and a more modern, down-to-Earth neutral that incorporates dusty tones.

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  • 05 of 12

    The More, The Merrier

    boho chic room with pampas grass decor

    Herzen Stimme

    When it comes to decorating with pampas, there is no rule on how much or how little to use it, as proven by this relaxing space from Herzen Stimme. The vase on the table boasts a collective bouquet of different florals, including pampas grass. Turn your attention over by the window, and you'll see a luxurious white set make an appearance. Finally, a group of subtle bunny tail pampas makes an appearance in a small vase over on the wooden bench. Like Herzen, you can pair with warm browns and fluffy pillows to play up the soft colors.

  • 06 of 12

    Even Out Unique Vases

    pampas grass shallow vase decor

    @thetetburyhouse/Instagram

    For some of us, buying oversized or unique vases is an unbreakable habit. What will we do with them? No idea! Do we still want them? Always! Luckily, the trend provides the perfect vase-filler. Catherine from @thetetburyhouse transforms her tan-toned living space into an elegant refuge. The wide bowl/vase on the table is full of those stalks, and they absolutely shine in this placement. The feathery plumes give any space an airy feel.

  • 07 of 12

    Turn Your Bedroom Into a Retreat

    pampass grass decor in modern style bedroom

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    Your bedroom should be a safe space from the wild world outside. Every inch must feel intentional; every accent, carefully chosen. Once you've feng shui'd the space into a zen-like state, adding some pampas grass could set your meditative room into nirvana. These cloud-like stalks will bring a smile to your face every morning. Set them beside your bedside, just like Laura of @houseproject_36, to make it feel like you're getting dressed in a fluffy field. 

  • 08 of 12

    Go Eclectic and Colorful

    colorful eclectic room with pampas grass

    @fionasfamilylovesandriots/Instagram

    While the neutral tones and standard beige hue of these decorative stalks are certainly stunning, you don't have to stick to a beige room to incorporate the ornamental plant. These peach plumes go perfectly in this eclectic room from Fiona Nicholson. The use of animal prints, bold hues (like that orange dresser!), and unique items like the gold disco ball seem to meld together, and the colorful pampas grass looks right at home in the bright, creative scene.

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  • 09 of 12

    Try A Wreath

    pampas grass wreath

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    Wreaths aren't just for Christmastime. They add pizzazz to your door all year round, and a pampas grass wreath is a lovely way to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. This gorgeous wreath hung on a plain white dining room wall adds an extra level of warmth to the space and is a creative way to incorporate pampas into your home.

  • 10 of 12

    Update Your Mantel

    black mantel with pampas grass decor

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    Picking the perfect decoration for your fireplace mantel can be a challenge, especially if you're fond of the very, very dramatic. Annusree of @home.shil.home found the perfect accompaniment to her black fireplace. The white pampas and golden leaves contrast perfectly against an onyx mantel—the perfect combination of delicate and dramatic.

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    Opt for a Pampas Cloud

    pampas cloud decor

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    That's right—a pampas cloud. These illustrious, fluffy decor pieces have been making their way into the decor scene by adding a unique take on the typical plant. Even better? They can be personalized, like this piece created by @supernovahome for a client's dressing room. The cloud adds some stunning texture to the neutral space and is certainly the focal point of the room.

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    Transition From One Season to the Next

    entryway seasonal

    @the.home.affair/Instagram

    While plenty of people may associate pampas with the autumnal season, they can still be incorporated into your space year-round. This entryway from @the.home.affair is proof: the rustic wooden table showcases small winter-inspired decor items, a holiday wreath, and white vases holding neutral florals, including pampas. The neutral hue allows you to keep it around for as long as you would like—even throughout the holidays.