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Dark Cottagecore: A Hauntingly Beautiful Trend

Updated: Jun 20

What if you are drawn to the darker side of nature, the mysterious and the macabre? What if you prefer thorns and mushrooms over flowers and berries, witches and ghosts over fairies and gnomes, and black and brown over pastels and florals? Then you may be interested in Dark Cottagecore, a hauntingly beautiful trend that elevates the cottagecore aesthetic with a gothic twist.

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Dark Cottagecore is a hauntingly beautiful trend that has captured the imagination of many. Whether you're drawn to the mystery and melancholy of rural life or simply enjoy the darker side of things, Dark Cottagecore has something to offer.

Also known as goth Cottagecore or Cottagegore, is a crossover between the simplistic cottagecore lifestyle and the aesthetics of dark academia and witchcore. There are various other elements included in this movement, such as fashion, décor, books, movies, TV shows, and certain activities

In this blog, we will explore what dark cottagecore is, how it differs from regular Cottagecore, and how to incorporate it into your life. Whether you are a fan of horror, fantasy, or history, you will find something to love in this edgy and enchanting trend.

What is Dark Cottagecore?

Dark cottagecore is a style that celebrates rural life and simple living, but with a focus on the darker aspects of nature and culture. It draws inspiration from fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and history, but with a gothic and sometimes sinister twist.

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The Dark Cottagecore aesthetic is characterized by muted colors, earthy tones, and rustic textures. The use of natural materials like wood, stone, and linen is common, and there is often an emphasis on vintage or antique items. The combination of these elements creates a cozy, comforting feeling, while the addition of darker elements adds an element of intrigue and mystique.

Dark cottagecore is not just about adding some black and skulls to your cottagecore aesthetic. It is about embracing the beauty and the horror of nature, the magic and the mystery of the occult, and the charm and the decay of the past. It is about finding joy and peace in the shadows, and being comfortable with the unknown and the eerie.

Dark cottagecore is also about expressing your individuality and creativity, and challenging the norms and expectations of society. It is about being yourself, even if that means being different, weird, or spooky. It is about finding your own path, even if that means wandering into the woods, or living in a haunted house.

Dark Cottagecore vs. Traditional Cottagecore

Dark Cottagecore and traditional Cottagecore share some common themes and values, such as:

• A love and respect for nature and animals

• A desire for a simple and sustainable lifestyle

• A preference for vintage and handmade items

• A fondness for cozy and rustic décor

• A passion for gardening, baking, crafting, and reading

• A nostalgia for the past and a fantasy for the future

However, dark cottagecore and regular cottagecore differ in some aspects, such as:

The color palette: Dark cottagecore favors dark and muted colors, such as black, brown, gray, green, and purple, while regular cottagecore favors light and bright colors, such as white, pink, yellow, and blue.

The mood: Dark cottagecore has a more somber and melancholic mood, while regular cottagecore has a more cheerful and optimistic mood.

The imagery: Dark cottagecore features more spooky and creepy imagery, such as skulls, bones, spiders, bats, ravens, and candles, while regular cottagecore features more cute and lovely imagery, such as flowers, fruits, birds, and butterflies.

The influences: Dark cottagecore draws more from gothic and horror genres, such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, while regular cottagecore draws more from romantic and pastoral genres, such as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.

How to incorporate dark Cottagecore into your life?

If you are interested in dark cottagecore, there are many ways to incorporate it into your life, such as:

Fashion: You can dress in dark cottagecore fashion, which involves wearing clothes that are inspired by rural and historical styles, but with a gothic flair. Some examples are capes, cloaks, overalls, long dresses, skirts, aprons, lace, ruffles, embroidery, pearls, gems, crosses, and chokers. You can also accessorize with hats, gloves, scarves, boots, clogs, and baskets. For your makeup, you can use earthy tones, smoky eyes, dark lips, and winged liner.

Décor: You can decorate your home in dark cottagecore décor, which involves using items that are rustic and cozy, but with a spooky touch. Some examples are candles, lanterns, books, jars, bottles, dried flowers, herbs, mushrooms, bones, skulls, antiques, and curiosities. You can also create a dark cottagecore garden, where you can grow plants that are edible, medicinal, or magical, such as sage, lavender, rosemary, mint, thyme, basil, chamomile, garlic, onion, tomato, potato, carrot, pumpkin, apple, pear, plum, and berry.

Entertainment: You can enjoy dark cottagecore entertainment, which involves consuming media that are related to the dark cottagecore aesthetic, such as books, movies, TV shows, music, and games. Some examples are The Secret Garden, Wuthering Heights, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Crucible, The Village, The Witch, Crimson Peak, Sleepy Hollow, The Haunting of Hill House, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, Hozier, The Legend of Zelda, Stardew Valley, and Animal Crossing.

Activities: You can engage in dark cottagecore activities, which involve doing things that are fun and relaxing, but with a dark twist. Some examples are baking, cooking, preserving, brewing, sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, painting, drawing, writing, reading, journaling, meditating, yoga, hiking, camping, foraging, gardening, birdwatching, stargazing, moonbathing, and witchcraft.

Dark Cottagecore vs. Dark Academia

While Dark Cottagecore and Dark Academia both incorporate darker aesthetics, there are several key differences between the two. Here is a brief comparison:

Dark Cottagecore

Dark Academia


Somber, melancholic, unsettling

Intense, dramatic, forbidden

Color Palette

Muted & earthy: black, brown, gray, green, purple

Rich & jewel-toned: black, burgundy, navy, gold


Spooky & creepy: skulls, bones, spiders, bats, ravens, candles

Scholarly & elegant: books, pens, glasses, chess, statues


Gothic & horror: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Raven

Romantic & tragic: Dorian Gray, Gatsby, Secret History


Rural & historical with gothic flair: capes, overalls, lace, embroidery

Academic & vintage with dark flair: blazers, sweaters, ties, vests


Rustic & cozy with spooky touch: candles, lanterns, herbs, mushrooms, antiques

Classic & sophisticated with dark touch: books, maps, paintings, trophies


Movies, music, & games: Secret Garden, Wuthering Heights, Florence + The Machine, Legend of Zelda

Movies, books, & games: Dead Poets Society, The Magicians, Harry Potter, Sherlock, Shakespeare, Mozart


Baking, brewing, knitting, gardening, foraging, witchcraft

Debating, reading, writing, chess, stargazing

Is Dark Cottagecore a Thing? (2024)

In 2024, Dark Cottagecore isn't just a thing, it's a growing storm. It's a raven's wing against the pastel sky, a whisper in the wind that carries the scent of ancient magic. It's a reminder that beauty can bloom in the most unexpected places, and that the shadows hold secrets worth exploring.

So, is Dark Cottagecore a thing? I dare you to step into the moonlight and find out for yourself. You might just discover that the whispers are true, and that your soul resonates with the symphony of the night.

Ready to embrace the darkness? You might just find yourself falling in love with the shadows.



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