Looking for a last minute flourish to add to your Christmas tree? Studio McGee has the answer

Tinsel reigns supreme for 2023 festive decor, and it can be an easy way to add a beautiful finish to your Christmas tree, Studio McGee has mastered the look

Studio McGee Christmas tree
(Image credit: Studio McGee)

'We're team whatever makes you happy this holiday, especially if it means covering your tree with tinsel,' says Studio McGee.

There is no denying that tinsel has become one of the most popular Christmas decor ideas this holiday season. This retro decoration can not only create a magical-looking icicle effect on your Christmas tree, but it can also be a perfect last-minute Christmas decor idea, too. 

Whether you've yet to decorate your tree and require some inspiration or are on the fence about joining team tinsel this year, much-loved design duo, Syd and Shea McGee of Studio McGee show us how decorating with tinsel can establish a stand-out Christmas scheme.

Shea McGee
Shea McGee

Interior designer, Shea McGee founded her iconic design firm, Studio McGee, with her husband Syd in 2014. They later launched their e-commerce brand, McGee & Co, and starred in their very own Netflix show, Dream Home Makeover.

For the main, 'pretty' Christmas tree in the McGee family home, a beautiful combination of brown, blue and silver ornaments from McGee & Co. form the decoration foundation, Shea says this Christmas color scheme was used 'to create a darker feeling'. For the final flourish, silver tinsel adorns the tree, which works wonderfully with the darker-toned ornaments to establish a more cool and contemporary feel. 

We love how these more muted color palettes on the ornaments establish a subtle, rustic feel, with the playful use of tinsel bringing in a contrasting shimmer and sense of movement.

The beauty of working with tinsel is that little skill is required to create a fabulous look for your Christmas tree ideas, this retro decoration will always be an easy and fun way to elegantly elevate your tree with a final, shimmering touch.

'There's a point of no return with tinsel, and sometimes, you just have to go for it,' says Shea.

Brite Star Tinsel Icicles, Silver, 3 Pack
Available at Amazon

Brite Star Tinsel Icicles, Silver, 3 Pack
Available at Amazon

While their main tinsel tree embraces a beautiful blend of the retro and the modern, for the festive decoration across the rest of their home, McGee & Co. have embraced more natural, rustic Christmas decor ideas

From classic Christmas wreaths and Christmas garlands hung on doorways, walls and mirrors, to smaller Christmas trees used to add decoration to tables and countertops, their choice of festive decor works in elegant harmony with the pared-back, rustic modern aesthetic that they are so well known for.


What can I put on my Christmas tree instead of tinsel?

For some more last-minute Christmas decor inspiration, explore our collection of DIY Christmas decor ideas, which make the most of materials and objects you will already have in your home – the result can create a truly unique, elegant handmade display.

Zara Stacey
Managing Editor

Zara is the Managing Editor at Homes & Gardens. She joined the brand in February 2022 as an Interiors Content Editor, specializing in writing content on interior color trends, decorating ideas and design inspiration. After studying English Literature at University, she worked as an Ecommerce Website Editor, Content Writer and Buying Intern at multiple independent businesses within the luxury retail and lifestyle sectors. She enjoys nothing more than discovering new trends, brands and products, whether that be in fashion, interior design or lifestyle.