Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) is a fluffy perennial plant that's used in contemporary décor trends. Thanks to its wheat-like appearance, tall stalks, and muted colors, this grass makes dressing up any interior easy. You may have seen pampas grass nestled in tabletop vases or dotting exterior landscapes. Native to South America, pampas can grow up to 10-13 feet tall, and when dried, its silky plumes are often used in décor and flower arrangements.
If you're a nature enthusiast searching for a sustainable décor accent that goes with almost everything (and can be used repeatedly), this grass won't disappoint. Plus, it's easy on your wallet. Ahead, check out our most-loved pampas grass décor ideas guaranteed to add beauty and texture to any space.
Form a Centerpiece
Pampas grass is technically an invasive garden weed, so it may not have always been top-of-mind when choosing a centerpiece. But it's come a long way since then/ Here you'll note how the height of its stalks and fluffy tops form an elegant coffee table centerpiece.
Use Grass to Accessorize Your Coffee Table
If the height of your pampas grass centerpiece is blocking your guests' faces, try an alternative arrangement instead. Start by laying your dried grass in one quadrant of your coffee table for maximum fullness. This is still an easy way to accessorize your coffee table without obstructing anyone's view in conversational seating.
Amplify a Restful Mood
Sourcing decorative elements from nature will always result in a more oasis-like space. Since pampas can reach tall heights, it forms a serene backdrop for a restful bedroom. You can tuck it away in a corner or place a small bunch on your nightstand— either way, this grass surely jumpstarts a restful feeling.
Decorate a Console Table
No matter which space you style with grass, balancing it with other design elements is essential for getting the right look. Here, a few pieces of pampas create a feathery floral arrangement in a white vase. Bu designing this eye-catching vignette wouldn't be possible without design add-ons, like the small vase standing by the pampas, a center mirror, and a pyramid sculpture.
Add Volume to End Tables
If you don't have a full-length table, pairing a set of vases with pampas can still look beautiful on a smaller scale. This close-up may highlight the end of a console table, but it's easy to imagine how this pairing would add volume to any size of tablescape.
As pretty as this decor piece is, it can shed. To keep messiness at bay, simply give your grass a light coat of aerosol hairspray. This will prevent shedding in a snap.
Create an Assortment
Speaking of tablescapes, if you have one lengthy dining table where one or two vases won't make the cut, try a bud vase arrangement instead. To achieve this delicate look, arrange bud vases of alternating heights and shapes. This creates a flattering centerpiece without being too over the top.
Stuff Pampas in an Oversized Floor Vase
Since you can buy pampas in various heights, it's a simple way to style a bare corner that lacks character. Simply pack a floor vase with extra tall grass for an unfussy décor statement. Bonus points: this accent requires zero maintenance.
Arrange a Pretty Bookshelf
Whether you place your grass on the floor or on a bookshelf, both ideas will lend a soothing aesthetic that still feels chic.
Keep It Simple
When decorating with pampas, there aren't really any hard-and-fast design rules. You can use just one stalk or form a collective bouquet. You'll see a few stalks making an appearance in the corner of this living space. And despite its modest setup, your eyes are automatically drawn to its texture.
Pampas also come in a myriad of colors, including silver, peach, cream, yellow, and pink. So if your space feels too neutral, or you're just looking for a subtle pop of color, you can pick a grass with a hue that complements the rest of your décor.
Layer Pampas With Other Plants
Pampas always boast a soft appearance, making it an easy-going decorative accessory. So mix and match your other floral, plant, and grass arrangements worry-free. No hodgepodge outcomes here.
Some dried pampas may need the sun to fluff up before use. Be sure to check your care instructions.
Display on Open Kitchen Shelving
Floating shelves are a tried-and-true design technique that can make kitchens airy and bright. On the flip side, styling them can be tricky. If a corner or section of your shelving needs a bit of pizazz, top it off with a few stalks of pampas in a muted vase.
Place as an Entryway Accent
Because pampas has such a full and fluffy texture, it's a quick way to fill up a bare area in an entryway. We love this combo of textures, including cane from the console, grass-weave from the basket, and pampas.
Make a Stunning Entryway Statement
For entryways with a regal staircase, pampas adds an unexpected flair. We appreciate this oversized look, which evokes a sense of windy movement.
Dress Up an Eat-in Kitchen
Sometimes you can push your centerpiece off to the side. In this eat-in kitchen, one bundle of pampas adds a homey feel to this stark white space.
Form a Dining Room Backdrop
Yes, centerpieces don't have to be in the center of your table, and sometime's that's best, too—giving you less to clear away when it comes time to actually sit and eat. Here, you'll note the pampas grass arrangement was strategically placed on the left side of this buffet, which forms the ideal backdrop for this minimalist dining space.
Level Up Bath Elegance
As you've probably noticed, pampas grass décor ideas can run the gamut from bedrooms to kitchens to living spaces, but what about bathrooms? We love how this small bouquet of pampas seized this bathroom's design in a small, but impactful way.
Place on the Kitchen Island
There's something so satisfying about walking into a kitchen decked out in fresh floral or plant arrangements. It's a surefire way to add texture, depth, and beauty to any kitchen.
Add a Living Room Accent
This is another iteration of a coffee table centerpiece, but this time, this black vase is filled with just three stalks of pampas—a simple approach that still looks stunning.
Place a Wreath Over Your Bed
And if you're clueless about what to do with that teeny space above your bed, adding a DIY or pre-made pampas wreath is an easy over-the-bed decorating solution. Plus, it can create a distinct focal point for your bedroom.