Join in with new Instagram feed Holiday Colour

Are you the person on holiday who bolts off from their friends or family when the perfect pastel house with contrasting shutters is spotted and needs photographing? Or maybe your eye gets caught by the edge of an old billboard poster that features just the right combination of peeling colours? It could be a cocktail, your sun lounger, the local Gelateria – if it’s grabbing your attention because of its tones then you’re going to love new Instagram feed Holiday Colour. The simple idea is the creation of Colour and Material designer Gemma Kay Waggett who, with her cropped-in views of walls, door details, parasols and drain pipes, is capturing an obsession with colour combining that seems to be shared by many.  She only started her feed at the beginning of June, so don’t expect to see a gigantic following… yet. “I’m hoping to update it regularly whenever I’m somewhere and also to get the hashtag #holidaycolour going,” she told us recently, immediately having us sift through our own old holiday snaps for possible submissions.

Here, Gemma tells us a bit more about Holiday Colour, alongside some of the enticing shots from her new page.

“I like to crop the shots so that the colours present/combinations become the most important focus. Too much information and you start thinking about more than just the colour. I photograph and document as standard, but when exploring a new environment I’m super alert. It could be a colour combination, a surface texture, an unusual composition or fun shape or signpost. If I want to remember it, I’ll take a photograph or drop a pin for future reference.”

“What’s on the feed is a bit of an edit. I have been saving a few standout combinations to use for my work only, but it all feeds in subconsciously I’m sure. I’m really keen for anybody who sees a great colour or colour combinations to use the hashtag. At the moment most of the sightings are from Europe so we definitely need some from further afield too. I think Kangan Arora would have the eyes for this! And Present & Correct too. A few of my favourite colour-minded friends have said they love it so that’s always a compliment. Hopefully they’ll send me some photos from their holidays/travel to share!”

“The last place I visited was St Ives a few weeks back – I’d never been before and found some gorgeous combinations. In particular a racing green panelled window against rough Cornish slate and stone on the beach and several fantastic variations of sea blue on doors and windows throughout the town. In August I’m driving to the south of France and back so I can’t wait to see what combinations I can find on the road.”

Find out more about Gemma’s work here and join her Holiday Colour.


Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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