40+ Best Tumblr Themes For Serious Tumblrs

July 9, 2013 · 35 comments

by Lars

best-tumblr-themes

With one of the best Tumblr themes installed your Tumblr space will stand out and look awesome! Finding the right theme, however, is a time consuming task and this is why I have made a collection of great looking Tumblr templates for your inspiration. I have added some free Tumblr themes, but you will also find some really useful premium themes for Tumblr.

Tumblr is a microblogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their “tumblelog”, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private. The service emphasizes ease of use and is gaining quite some popularity. Tumblr was founded in 2007, but it came to limelight in 2009 when Tumblr named to be in Obama’s Top 5 Tech Tools in PC World. If you want to start blogging but don’t have much time to write long articles then Tumblr is probably one of the best tools you can turn to. This post is a collection of beautiful and free and premium Tumblr themes to help you choose among the best Tumblr themes for your Tumblr blog.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). I recommend that you do your own independent research before purchasing any product or service. This article is not a guideline, a recommendation or endorsement of specific products.


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Collection of best Tumblr theme designs

FLAT – Responsive Business Tumblr Theme  – MORE INFO | DEMO

FLAT - Responsive Business Tumblr Them

With FLAT you get a minimal and clean multi-purpose business theme Tumblr. You may ask… who would need a business theme for Tumblr. Well it is a great publishing engine and very easy to use. There is no problem with using it for hosting a business style website. With this theme you can easily change the overall look and feel of the website – you can show or hide theme elements: image slider, featured icon boxes, module with text with button, product box (long text + image), team, testimonials, clients logos, twitter feed widget.

It is also simple to change colors for most of theme elements! FLAT is mobile friendly and supports following post types: text, photo, photoset, audio, video, quote, AMA, chat and link.

Zen — A Premium Theme for Tumblr  – MORE INFO | DEMO

Zen — A Premium Theme for Tumblr

This is Zen theme for Tumlr. It is a a clean and simple tumblog design that will make your content stand out. This theme is easy to modify anf you can get a completely different theme with just a few clicks. The theme features a responsive layout and retina graphics.

Gridly – Reponsive Portfolio Template – MORE INFO | DEMO

Gridly - Reponsive Portfolio Template

It is popular to build an online portfolio these days, and Tumblr is one of the main platforms used. Gridly is a great tumblog template if your want to show off your work online. It is a light and simple and comes with lots of options and functions to show your content with style. Gridly is fully responsive and therefore mobile ready. it features a beautiful and easy to use post filter system. Gridly supports all tumblr post types & has built in Disqus commenting support along with social sharing!

MetroFolio – Clean Portfolio Style Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

metrofolio

MetroFolio is a clean portfolio style Tumblr theme made for creatives out there, whether you be a graphic designer or product designer. It’s been made to have a portfolio look for a professional presentation of your work.

Block Digital Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

Block-Digital

This free theme has solid black lines on a white color, which will highlight anything you want.

UltraMnml – Clean & Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

ultramnml-clean-responsive-tumblr-theme

UltraMnml is a very clean, minimalistic and responsive Tumblr theme made for the power blogger. It supports all post types and is made for any type of Tumblr blogger, whether you’re a writer or a photo blogger, this theme will make your content look awesome. It is also responsive so it’ll look great on both your phone or tablet.

Kalalalani – MORE INFO | DEMO

Kalalalani

If you like minimal design and a dark look and feel this is a cool free theme.

3xistence – Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

3xistence-responsive-tumblr-theme

This theme was designed especially to showcase your beautiful pictures in high resolution! It works also on mobile devices, because all pictures uploaded by you with traditional way (i.e.: through Photo posts) are automatically swapped for their smaller versions to fit on mobile devices.

Ipsemet – MORE INFO | DEMO

Ipsemet

Ipsemet is a free Tumblr theme with a great minimalistic design. The icons used to indicate the type of post is a great design idea!

Optic Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

optic-responsive-tumblr-theme

Optic is a responsive Tumblr theme perfect for any blog type featuring the Masonry jQuery plugin. Showcase your artwork with complete focus on the post.

Optic comes packed full of jQuery awesomeness and shows your posts in all their glory. Pick colors for any part of the theme so you can fully customize it the way you want. Also pick your favorite font from the Google fonts library and add it in using the themes options panel. The themes only image is the logo and the images you post it’s completely CSS !

Effector Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

Effector-Theme

With Effector Theme you get a free Tumblr template with a unique simple layout, pleasant colors and a design that supports your photos really well.

POPCASE (responsive) – MORE INFO | DEMO

popcase-tumblr-theme[3]

POPCASE is a Tumblr theme with 3 column layouts and unlimited color scheme control, suitable for displaying your artworks and articles.

Silent Alley – Responsive Multi-Color Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

silent-alley

SilentAlley is a cool Tumblr theme with three color styles included. It’s support full screen background image and you can change it easily, so I think it’s suit for photographer,artist or designer use.Meanwhile, you can change some parts of color,e.g. Links color, article title background and so on, it’s unlimited color.At some level,it’s not confined to that three defined styles, you can try your plenty of imagination to customzie this theme.

Notes – A Clean and Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

notes-tumblr-theme

Notes is a responsive Tumblr theme, based on the idea of note paper, which support all Tumblr post types. Easily customisable, with custom colours and support for Disqus and Google Analytics. This theme also adapts to your desktop, iPad and iPhone, serving the same design to all your visitors.

Focus – A Minimalistic Tumblr Theme (responsive) – MORE INFO | DEMO

focus

Focus is a minimalistic and adaptive Tumblr theme aimed at presenting your content, to any device, without clutter. It features easy to change colors and background images as well as support for Disqus, Flickr, Twitter, Dribbble and Google Analytics. This theme gives a tailored view to each device (Android, iPhone, iPad, Desktop, etc) that visits it and only serves the content that is required, helping to speed up delivery of your site.

Timeline tumblr theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

timeline-tumblr-theme

TIMELINE is a Premium Tumblr Theme that was designed to view your tumblog as timelines. This is a personal theme that’s suitable in use for people who have an active and enjoyable life.

Orson – A Clean Tumblr Theme (responsive) – MORE INFO | DEMO

orson-a-clean-tumblr-theme

Orson is a clean and adaptive Tumblr theme aimed at presenting your content, to any device, without clutter and being highly customizable.

Super easy to customize with support for Disqus, Flickr, Twitter, Dribbble, Instagram and Google Analytics. This theme gives a tailored view to each device (Android, iPhone, iPad, Desktop, etc) that visits it and only serves the content that is required, helping to speed up delivery of your site.

Pop Gallery Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

pop-gallery-tumblr-theme

Pop Gallery is a Tumblr theme for visual portfolios, galleries, handcrafts shops, with the unique possibility to present distinct thumbnails for new, sold and reserved items. It has a beautiful and clean design with circular thumbnails.

912px Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

912px

912px is a clean and minimal tumblr themes free for download. It features a scroll that highlights your profile.

Squared Magazine – Tumblr News / Magazine Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

Squared-magazine

It sports a true category navigation and custom widgets to give your Tumblog a real Magazine feel, like Related Articles, Latest Posts, Tagcloud, Comments, Social Network Sharing, a widget area for as many widgets as you like (for example ads, polls and so on) and much more. This is one of the better simple tumbler themes.

Squared Folio Tumblr Portfolio Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

squared-folio

A fresh, clean and stylish Portfolio to show off your work. It contains loads of Customization Options, Cufon Font replacement, a optional image slider, Google Analytics and Google Maps support, you can upload your own logo, and set up links to your social network accounts. You can turn on/off almost every section/part of this Theme, as well as give almost every section a custom title from within your admin menu. One of the better simple tumbler themes.

Tumbl News – Tumblr Theme Template – MORE INFO | DEMO

tumblenews

Lots of nice elements in this newspaper style Tumblr Theme.

Vintage Sky – MORE INFO | DEMO

vintage-sky

Vintage sky theme supports all the features and has two content rich sidebar, featuring your likes, latest tweets, description, search box, pages, avatar box and people your following. The theme is very customizable with a few clicks you can change the center image and the slide images of the header animation or hide the fully header, fix the columns and the background image, change background image, add latest tweets and “stuff i like” or change the color of the links

Tumblair – MORE INFO | DEMO

tumblair

A Minimal & Light theme for tumblr. Comes with multiple features and options including an image slider & A Header Text block.

Rapture Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

rupture-tumblr-theme

Rapture Tumblr theme is perfect for anything from a portfolio, personal blog, group blog or business blog. It features an image slider to showcase your best work, which can optionally be switched off if you would prefer not to have one. The Rapture Tumblr theme comes with an extensive amount of options allowing you the freedom to customise your blog with little code exposure. All the widgets in the sidebar can be turned off or on through the Appearance menu when customising your Tumblog.

Forma – Premium Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

forma

Forma focuses on real content, presented in a refined design. The flawless user experience is the most notable feature of Forma. At the same time the blog author has full control over the theme, thanks to the theme options.

Nuance Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

nuance-tumblr-theme

Nuance is a clean, minimal, customizable and unique tumblr theme.

Domericano – MORE INFO | DEMO

domericano

Domericano – one of the amazing Vintage Tumblr Themes- is a clean, minimal and beautiful using the Masonry effect as well as optional Endless scrolling. It is suited for all kinds of blogs and portfolios, easy to install, has a ton of options and is heavily jquery enhanced.

Essentia – 2 in 1 Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

essentia-theme

The Essentia Tumblr theme brings with it the next evolution in web technology: movement. This theme emphasises a unique, crisp and hi-tech look to your blog with a whole host of customisation options. One of the niftiest functions included, is the ability to upload your own background and watch it scroll automatically; To get your started, this theme is packaged with 4 Bokeh (Bubbles) backgrounds along with the PSD file to play around with.

Polaroid Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

polariod-tumblr-theme

The Polaroid Tumblr theme is a premium tumblr theme that was designed by Pixel Floss to display your work, your views, and your life in a clean and clear format. The theme has been designed so it is easily changed and adapted to how you want it, from the colour of the links, the background and the amazing features in the side bar, you control everything. Unlike other tumblr themes it has a two column layout, this will make it easier for viewers to see all your posts. This is a great pick among the many simple tumbler themes.

Inkhorn – MORE INFO | DEMO

Inkhorn is a free bookish theme with flexible appearance options and Disqus support.

inkhorn

Elegantem tumblr theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

elegantem

Elegantem is a Tumblr theme that beautifully merges design and function. Emphasizing your latest entry, this theme has a customisable layout and even supports popular social media services.

The Playground Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

palyground-theme

The Playground is a highly customizable Tumblr theme based on the famous jQuery masonry plugin.

Shift Tumblr theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

shift

The Shift Tumblr theme is ideal for any blog, from a personal blog to portfolios! The image slider allows you to showcase your favourite images or best portfolio work. Shift supports all of the Tumblr post types and also features a custom post page with a sidebar to add affiliate links or a Flickr photo feed.

Crisps Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

crisps-tumblr-theme

This is a clean, minimal and easily customizable theme for Tumblr.

Pixelated tumblr theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

oscar-barber

Pixelated theme is a premium tumblr theme designed by Oscar Barber to display the best way all you want to share on Tumblr. This theme focus on details and supports every single post type Tumblr allows: text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio, video and finally Ask Me (a very new feature wich allows users to ask you questions you can reply to). Each post type is displayed with it own unique formatting style. All you need to do is select the type you want to publish and Pixelated theme will do the rest.

Perception Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

perception-tumblr-theme

Perception Tumblr Theme is perfect for a freelancer, agency or business portfolio. Perception features a snippet of the posts contents on the home page so more can be seen at one time. Each Tumblr post type has its own styling on the home page and its main focus is the content.

Cream – A Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

cream-tumblr-theme

Cream is a clean and simple Tumblr theme using subtle textures and colors for a light and playful feel. Main colors are creamy tones of beige and tan, accented with pinks for links and accent items. The sidebar is easily customizeable and you can easily add in flickr or custom content as each block is set up as a list item of an unordered list. Fully layered PSD is included, to allow easy editing of graphic elements.

Heterotelic Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

heterotelic

Heterotelic is a two column tumblr theme the features Image Slider Banner, Social Share Icons for each post, DISQUS Comments, Facebook Page like-box, Twitter Status display widget and etc.

Litefolio – portfolio theme for Tumblr – MORE INFO | DEMO

litefolio-themes-for-tumblr

Clean and minimalistic portfolio theme with jQuery slider for designers, photographers and illustrators.

Cleanfolio – MORE INFO | DEMO

cleanfolio

Cleanfolio is a premium tumblr portfolio theme designed to be as clean as possible in order to let your work take the stage. It is suitable for all kind of creative portfolios as well as for small businesses.

Gallera – Photo Gallery/Portfolio Theme for Tumblr – MORE INFO | DEMO

gallera

“Gallera” is a clean and elegant gallery theme with subtle grunge background texture and custom typography. It’s best suited for photographers, artists and designers who want to showcase their work in the best possible way, but can be used as a web gallery or any other site where images take central part.

Pandemonium Magazine Tumblr theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

pandemonium-magazine-tumblr-theme[3]

This is simple and aesthetic Tumblr theme designed to be an online magazine developed by one or more authors or just to be a simple blog. It’s easy to customize, almost without any knowledge about programming.

Chocolate T – MORE INFO | DEMO

chocolate-tumblr-theme

If you need clean, light and simple Tumblr Theme, Chocolate T is definitely your choice! It is refined and elegant template with complex and precise combination of light gradients and shadows.

Sakura t – MORE INFO | DEMO

black-sakura

Sakura t. is a Tumblr version of Black Sakura WordPress theme. It is clean and trendy-looking theme with number of cool features.

Time Goes Back – Tumblr Portfolio Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

time-goes-back-tumblr-theme

TGB is a clean and functional Tumblr portfolio you will love this theme.

Author : Lars Vraa

Lars is passionate about web design, web development, SEO, social media and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for tripwire magazine readers.

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Tumblia August 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

You forgot to add Kylix to your list. We’re constantly working on adding new features and we’ll be releasing two new themes in the coming months. Hopefully we’ll be on your next list. Cheers.

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marko May 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm

very good choice blog charm me, but I like the designs

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Mohsin Ali April 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

A lots of thanks for sharing….. its very useful.

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dlkafjs March 26, 2013 at 7:11 am

hello,

what are the best themes for a video-centric tumblr? Ideally, it would have autoplay or some sort of video gallery.

thanks

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Chris Faraday February 23, 2013 at 10:16 am

Great List – Couple of Absolute Gems
Thanks

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Rehana Shaikh February 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm

What a great theme collection!
I have tweeted it and wrote a special review on your article about Tumblr themes at Best Tumblr Themes.
Thanks and Regards

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nina February 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

Great Collection, I love using Tumblr, I’m definitely a WordPress pro but Tumblr is still a great platform for personal blogging.

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Lucy November 7, 2012 at 1:25 am

These tumblr themes are amazing thanks for sharing

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egytoo blog May 9, 2012 at 1:40 am

This is an amazing resource

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debra April 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

great. :)
Thank you. <3

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marta April 6, 2012 at 12:09 am

This is an amazing resource! Thanks ;)

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Kawaii9Doll April 5, 2012 at 10:46 am

LOVE IT…<3

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alessandra March 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

can anyone please recommend me a good theme for a wedding blog? it has to be elegant with a hint of blue. anyone please? please. and thanks

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Caitlyn February 16, 2012 at 7:56 am

These all sucked. lol

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Hiren Modi February 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

This is accurate blog post for me. Today, I have compiled new blog post on my Tumblr blog. http://vistastores.tumblr.com/ But, I am not happy with my current theme. So, I was searching for great Tumblr theme which may give me elegant look over there. I have read your blog post but, have confusion to select theme which is associated to my subject. I am facing issue for make it live on my blog. Can you give me more idea about it? How can I make it live on my blog?

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Caitlin January 8, 2012 at 4:30 am

these are awesome! i love these themes and i use them for my blog. thanks for posting them!

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Mark Tayso December 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I follow your website, your site is really very nice, especially like you
I hope you will come to a better locations

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Popchic December 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm

The Cherry theme looks cute for personal blog. But too bad, don’t have money to buy one.

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Martin Evans December 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I must say, Solstice is my favourite theme out of all of the ones above, including the premium ones…

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Itsme November 27, 2011 at 6:48 am

thank you so much. now I use one of theme..

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Dakota November 9, 2011 at 1:41 am

I think the tumblOS is imaginitive. I used the chalk one, but i wanted the “Keep calm and drink Tea” </3

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shanu shano October 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Good job Nice stuff thank you ;)

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New york photographer October 2, 2011 at 4:21 am

I love the list , thanks!

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Gregory C. August 12, 2011 at 2:17 am

Great round-up! I love using Tumblr, I’m definitely a WordPress guy at heart but Tumblr is still a great platform for personal blogging.

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Rushan August 10, 2011 at 7:10 am

Nice collection of tumblr themes, like the FIRSTS theme. http://www.tumblrlove.com also has some nice themes

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Alfira August 5, 2011 at 7:43 am

I want “Keep Calm And Drink Tea” theme. But I can’t ;( Why?

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abbey e howard December 20, 2011 at 2:02 am

because its not free anymore.. its $9.00.. which sucks because i liked it too

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Faer July 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

I thank you for making this post :D *bookmarks*

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Cassandra Olivia June 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Excellent collection. Thank you for bringing some of them to my attention; I would have overlooked them otherwise.

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lvraa June 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You are welcome Cassandra and thanks for dropping by!

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MissVictoriaB May 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Um… Maybe the TumblOS is ok… but the rest are just unimaginative and just too plain.

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Gandalf May 24, 2011 at 1:15 am

Awesome, thank you!

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Mark "Chief Alchemist" Simchock March 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Nice. Good stuff. Thank you.

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bunk beds July 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

You know for the longest time I never knew you could change the themes on tumblr. I know pretty sad but when o found out this was an option I have had so much fun changing and using these thems. Looking over these themes I have to say they are really very good.

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