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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








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

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

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.