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Dullcore is an aesthetic inspired by everything dull, dark, and dismal. It is best known for its stormy and gloomy elements.


Dullcore's visuals are usually gloomy and depressing, but in someways, they can be comforting or calming. Some other dullcore visuals include:

  • Greyscale and faded earth tones
  • Dark, rainy days (Rainstorms)
  • Fog
  • Dirty snow
  • Dystopia
  • Abandoned buildings
  • Dull, “boring” clothes
  • Random outfits
  • Occasional small "hopefully" bright extra elements

The Importance of Contrast[]

Dullcore can also be used as an amplifying background for bright colors and themes. This can be seen in Dullcore photos of city with foggy neon lights and street lamps or sun peeking through the clouds on nature dullcore photos. In clothing sense, you can reach a simillar effect if you add subtle splash of color on otherwise dark outfit (e.g. a bright red or indigo pin on black hoodie).

This can be used to give a sense of hope in greater sense and help to find little good things even in dark.



Books that showcase Dullcore tend to be in the Dystopian or Mystery genres. Sad, depressing books are also a part of Dullcore.

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai
  • The Giver (series) by Lois Lowry
  • The Tunnel by William Gass
  • This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatim

Online Media[]

The Backrooms largely features many dull characteristics in the architecture of the location, with the vibe being described as somewhere between existential terror, and an unfathomable, lonely dullness,