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13 Creative Ways to Decorate With Pampas Grass

Pampas grass is the must-have accessory for any Instagram-worthy home today – and it’s not hard to see why.   Once the staple of suburban gardens, pampas grass has surged in popularity in rec.

By Amy Booth Updated: July 22, 2022 9 mins read

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Pampas grass is the must-have accessory for any Instagram-worthy home today – and it’s not hard to see why.


Once the staple of suburban gardens, pampas grass has surged in popularity in recent years and found its home once again. The tall, feathery-plumed grass blends with any interior design style.


And because it complements any interior, you can move it around your home when you fancy a change. In neutral beige and brown hues, it adds warmth and softens even the most contemporary of spaces.


Are you wondering how you can incorporate these versatile dried stems into your space? Read on for the ultimate design inspiration on how to style pampas grass in your own home.


1. Curate a Welcoming Entrance

Just a few grassy stalks in a neutral vase can transform your entrance hall into a cosy and inviting space. With its natural beige colouring, pampas grass adds warmth to any room.


Position it on a stylish wooden console table along with a small, simple lamp and your home will create a welcoming entrance for you and for your guests. Simple, but effective.


2. Make Your Dream Boho Bedroom a Reality

Because pampas grass is a natural dried material, it makes a fantastic choice for boho styling. Arrange pampas grass stems in a large woven cane or rattan vase for an intriguing decorative touch that embraces the natural world.


Position your vase on the floor by a cosy chair or in an empty corner to turn your bedroom into the ultimate boho sanctuary.


3. Introduce contrast to your lounge

With its fluffy, feather-like plumes, pampas grass can soften sharp and contemporary schemes.


If you have an ultra-modern lounge with Venetian plaster or grey limewashed walls, add a vase of warm-toned stalks to make a striking statement and add a surprising texture.


Even if you don’t have grey walls to play with, you can still create a contemporary contrast. Make room on your sideboard or television unit for a concrete vase of pampas grass for a powerful combination of natural and man-made materials.


4. Warm Up Your Scandi Bedroom

Scandi design is characteristically muted and simple, but adding a tall vase of versatile, deep-hued pampas grass can really complement your Scandi scheme.


Pampas grass is commonly found in its natural pale colour, but darker variations bring plush, decadent warmth to your room.


Place your tall vase of floaty stems beside the top end of your bed so you can enjoy waking up to their comforting texture every morning.


For an extra sleek boho look, incorporate brass elements into your scheme – it’s the perfect partner to soft and fluffy pampas.


5. Design a Unique Statement Light With Pampas Stems

This versatile decorative grass isn’t just for vases – you can make unique statement lighting with it too.


Find a simple, black candelabra-style ceiling light and attach stems of pampas grass with the feathery plumes facing outwards for an eye-catching look that will transcend any interior style. You can use simple floral wire to hold the stems in place.


Or create your own fluffy pampas cloud by using floral foam, floral wire, cup hooks, and battery-powered fairy lights. This looks fantastic above a dining table or kitchen island. And you can go as big or as small as you like – there are no rules!


6. Create Drama on Your Coffee Table

Let pampas grass be the centre of attention in your living space by adopting a minimalist scheme. Choose neutral furniture and whitewashed walls, de-clutter your lounge, and place a few tall stems of pampas grass in a neutral vase.


The fluffy stalks will create drama while complementing the white walls with their warm tones. There’s nothing more striking than the sight of tall feathery stems sitting proudly on a coffee table. It’s a simple way of achieving a high-end look in your lounge.


7. Style Your Sitting Area With Pampas

Pampas grass can transform simple sitting areas into stylish and inviting havens. Style your pampas grass in a tall vase on a side table by a comfortable chair to create a calm and airy space to relax with your morning coffee.


Create a striking design structure by adding a second, smaller vase with shorter dried flowers to complement the tall plumes of the pampas.


8. Transform Your Dressing Area

Create an elegant and serene dressing area by placing a tall vase of pampas grass on the floor next to your dressing table. Use an abundance of stems of different lengths for a super fluffy and dreamy look that softens any space.


Trim stems down to your desired length by using garden secateurs or some good scissors.


9. Experiment With an Edgier Look

If your preference is for spiky and super textural stems, spraying your pampas grass plumes with hairspray can create a less fluffy look (but be sure to test on a smaller area first to make sure you are happy with the effect).


Complement tall, spikier pampas stalks with an oversized bulb vase – the large, rounded curves of bulb vases perfectly suit the spiky appearance.


Place the vase on the floor by a comfortable chair to create a cosy corner to relax and settle down at the end of a long day. Using deeper-coloured stems can create extra richness and warmth for a space you long to escape to.


10. Create Zen Vibes in Your Bedroom

Introduce a tray to your bedside table and add a short vase of dried stems to spruce up your sleep space.


You can style short pampas stems with other dried flowers, such as bunny tails or palm spears, for an interesting textural look, but we think pampas looks great on their own too.


Create your very own zen bedroom corner by adding candles and loose stems to the tray – and leave space for your favourite bedtime drink too.


11. Transform an Under-Used Corner

Do you have a corner of your bedroom that’s under-used but you’re not quite sure what it’s missing? Adding pampas grass to a sculptural, statement vase on top of your bedroom drawers or dressing table can transform your space.


Choose cloud-like fluffy stems against blush pink walls to create a delicate, serene environment. It’s perfect for adding a little extra glamour to a teenage bedroom too.


12. Add Colour With a Vase

Add pops of colour and texture to your lounge with tall pampas grass stems in a large colourful vase.


This bottle-green look complements the houseplants in this space perfectly, but because the neutral colour of pampas grass is so versatile, it’s sure to go with any accent colour of your choosing.


Recreate this design at home with neutral colours, an elegant freestanding floor mirror, and an oversized colourful vase to reflect light and colour around the room.


13. Make a Pampas Wreath

No home is quite complete without a wreath to welcome you. Thanks to its versatility, pampas grass can be used to make wreaths that enhance your interior all year round – not just at Christmas.


Hang a wreath on an internal door or chimney breast to add elegance and texture, while showcasing your creative skills. Your wreath can be as simplistic or as elaborate as you wish, and you can even change it throughout the year.


Add metallic flecks or spray your design with gold paint for a beautiful festive look.

How to Care For Dried Pampas Grass

The good news is that pampas grass is low maintenance, making it an ideal alternative decorative accessory for those of us who struggle to find the time for houseplants.


Once you have cut and styled your pampas stems as desired, keep them away from water and direct sunlight. You should also give your pampas grass a light dusting or shake the stems every few months to remove dust and keep them looking at their very best.


How Long Does Pampas Grass Last For?

Dried pampas grass generally lasts for three to four years if kept in the right conditions and taken care of. If you look after yours well, it could last even longer, making it a very worthwhile investment for your home.


How to Reduce Pampas Grass Shedding

Pampas grass is prone to shedding when you moved around. When you first buy your stems, be sure to shake off any loose bits outside or on paper to avoid mess.


Once it’s in position, it’s a good idea not to disturb the dried stems too much, except for when dusting them.


Although it’s not always necessary, you can also spray your plumes with hairspray or a floral protectant spray to help reduce the shedding.


Once you have fluffed your stems to the desired level, lightly spray your plumes. Bear in mind that this can result in a less fluffy appearance, so consider the type of look you’d like to achieve.

Amy Booth

Amy Booth is a freelance writer that’s passionate about all things home decor, art, literature, and nature. She lives in an Edwardian home in the North East of England, where her renovation adventures began with her husband and newborn daughter, Violet. Amy describes her home style as “traditional with a twist”, and in her spare time, she shares home decor tips and inspiration on her Instagram page, as well as her latest home updates. When she’s not obsessing over interiors, you can find her cooking vegetarian food or enjoying a glass of prosecco.

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