11 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-more better with a stalk of pampas grass adding fluff and texture. Millennial pink, paired with this lush floral, feels like it could persevere another decade.

Not convinced? These 11 images will have you running to your closest garden store in search of this stunning, budding botanical.

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    Seasonal Upgrade

    Coastal Fall House
    Sand Dollar Lane

    Creating a seasonal spread for your banquette helps each part of the year feel special — even if you live in coastal California, where seasons feel like a fiction invented by Northeasterners. Blogger Sand Dollar Lane created this stunning autumnal spread that still subdued enough to scream neither Halloween! or harvest. (Not that there's anything wrong with some beautiful harvest-themed decor.) Mimic the look with white-painted pumpkins, vintage painted wire containers, and twine. 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.

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    Black-Wall Drama

    Shop Display
    Divine Living Brisbane

    Black walls are beautiful — and totally on-trend. But pulling off such a dramatic shade requires a careful eye for color and contrast. The plant is a perfect addition if you're aiming to create a mystic and moody escape. Divine Living Brisbane paired the combination with aged blue vases and lots of lush greenery to set the mood. Matched with black-painted shiplap, this dramatic effect may just steal the room.

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    Hollywood Glamour

    Fred International Showroom
    The Design Chaser

    Perhaps using this trend-right is an already-known Australian trait. The Melbourne showroom of Scandinavian furniture brand Fred International pairs floaty pampas grass with old Hollywood glamour — and the effect is surprisingly stunning. This combination, as spotted by The Design Chaser, creates the perfect spot to sip your favorite ultra-glam Hollywood cocktails. Who could have guessed that pairing this wheat-like floral with a bold pattern, brass accents, and luxe velvet upholstery would create something so enchantingly sleek?

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    Amplify Neutrals

    Cream-colored pampas grass in beige ceramic vase in room corner next to window and white chair

    The Spruce / Leticia Almeida

    For most of the 2010s, "neutrals" has 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 featured on My Scandinavian Home 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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    Let Millennial Pink Shine

    Boho Space
    The Nomad Collective

    Just because we're longing for a different shade of neutral doesn't mean we're ready to give up blush pink. This gorgeous color still feels sleek and modern, and it's a cozy backdrop for an intimate space — like this relaxing space from The Nomad Collective. Pair with warm browns and fluffy pillows to play up the soft color. Pampas grass spread against the wall adds just enough natural texture to complete your design.

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    Even Out Oversized Vases

    Coffee Table Project
    My Paradissi

    For some of us, buying oversized 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. Blogger My Paridissi transforms her tan-toned living space into an elegant refuge. Plop a larger-than-necessary (or perfectly sized?) vase on your sitting room floor and let those stalks  shine. The feathery plumes give any space an airy feel.

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    Turn Your Bedroom Into a Retreat

    Pampas Grass in Bedroom

    Almost Makes Perfect

    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 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 mirror, just like blogger Almost Makes Perfect, to make it feel like you're getting dressed in a fluffy field. 

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    Pair Pampas With Pecans

    Pampas Grass Arrangement
    Hunt and Host

    Lacking any enormous, oversized vases to show off your newly acquired pampas grass? Worry not, fellow enthusiast. Blogger Hunt and Host developed this brilliant idea to keep those stalks steady: pecans. Fill a large glass jar with pecans to create a custom pampas grass display. She showed off her creation in the kitchen window, but place your waving stalks anywhere you please — like the living room floor or even the back porch — to give your next dinner party plenty of rustic-glam appeal.

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  • 09 of 11

    DIY A Wreath

    Fall Pampas Wreath DIY
    Beijos Events

    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 beginning of autumn. Creating your own wreath lets you show off your creativity to the world — and this do-it-yourself project from Beijos Events is super simple, requiring only a metal frame and plenty of pampas grass. Hung on a plain white door, the DIY adds a touch of elegance to your entryway — and if your entry is brightly toned, the pampas helps temper the bold effect.

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    Update Your Mantel

    Pampas Grass
    Could I Have That

    Picking the perfect decoration for your fireplace mantel can be a challenge — especially if you're fond of the very, very dramatic. Blogger Could I Have That found the perfect accompaniment to her adobe fireplace. These give a slight tone-on-tone effect — with just enough blush to add interest.

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    Add Oomph to Your Tablescape

    Pampas Grass Tablescape


    There's a reason pampas grass was a popular 2018 wedding trend: They look darn good floating above your elegant tablescape. These wavy grasses are anything but plain — a few stalks will make your plain dining room look expensive. Instagrammer @fondofelle gave a simple dining table a high-end look by adding a vase of these stalks — and nothing else. But the combination doesn't feel bare. A perfectly decorated bookshelf and intricate, vintage fireplace up the ante, creating an elegant yet minimal dining space.