30+ Best Minimal WordPress Themes – Keep It Simple!

July 30, 2013 · 26 comments

by Lars

Less is more right? This simple rule also works well for web design as well as many other aspects of life. Designers know it and users love it. Having said that Website and Blog designs certainly can be complex, colourful and overwhelming and too many themes for WordPress was designed like that. If you want, the design of your website to comply with basic elements of minimalistic design I am sure the list of minimal WordPress themes below will be a real treasure for you. WordPress started out as a dedicated blogging platform and for sure there are some amazing WordPress blog themes available. However, we also have other types of themes in this article as WordPress have powerful solutions for many other areas. Minimalist WordPress themes can be excellent as they are but typically, they are used as a good starting point for creating a unique look and feel. Because they are minimal and simple, they are easier to adjust to your specific requirements. This article is often updated with new themes and all links are checked.

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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Minimal WordPress theme collection

OneStudio – Unique Responsive Theme - MORE INFO | DEMO

OneStudio - Unique Responsive Theme

OneStudio is a mobile first theme for WordPress with a very minimal design. It is targeted architects and designers but will serve for many types of creative business websites.

Basic - MORE INFO / DEMO

basic

Basic is a free responsive and seriously minimal WordPress theme. The purpose of the Basic theme is to function as a starter theme. It is much simpler to start with a clean theme if you want to be your own designer. With Basic you get a theme that only contains the basic layout styling so you can customize the theme with your own perferences using the option panel. The theme have many cool features such as the grid layout options, footer widgets, and social links, etc.

TRIM Minimal Website Template for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO

TRIM Minimal Responsive theme for WordPress

With the Trim theme from ElegantThemes you get a is simple and professional minimal WordPress theme. Again this is a business style theme and products like Trim is one of the reasons why WordPress moved out of the blooging space and now is the most popular choice for most types of websites. The theme comes with a bunch of great features and it is a fully responsive design that adapts to your user’s variable screen size.

CleanBold - MORE INFO / DEMO

clean-bold

This is the CleanBold theme from Themefunance. It is a clean and simple portfolio style WordPress theme which was designed with businesses and designers in mind. CleanBold make use of plenty of whitespace and bold typography. This theme is fully responsive and is a great pick for setting up a mobile friendly portfolio or blog.

Leaf Free Minimal WordPress Theme – MORE INFO / DEMO

leaf

With the free Leaf theme you get a clean, modern and has a fully responsive website design. Leaf was designed specifically for Magazine, News sites, and Blogs.

Nova – Flat & Clean, Responsive Minimal Theme - MORE INFO / DEMO

Nova - Flat & Clean, Responsive Theme

Nova is a multi purpose theme with a clean minimal design. The theme includes support for WooCommerce and will allow you to integrate a shop into your site. In addition, it is loaded with features. As an example you will find 9 slider plugins bundled with the theme and a powerful page builder.

Blox: Bold WordPress Minimal Theme – MORE INFO / DEMO

Blox: Bold WordPress Minimal Theme

Blox is a bold and minimal portfolio theme for creatives. It has been designed to put your work in the forefront and showcasing your talent. Each portfolio is its own “block” and there are 3 block layouts to choose from. IN addition there are 3 page templates available to help you set up e.g. a contact page. The theme is fully mobile ready.

Lucid WordPress Theme Minimal Layout – MORE INFO / DEMO

Lucid WordPress Theme Minimal Layout

Lucid is a sleek and modern magazine theme that does a great job displaying tons of content while still maintaining a minimalistic layout. Clean design elements and a strict grid give the theme an organized layout that is a pleasure to read. Lucid is also fully responsive, meaning that the design will adapt to mobile phones and tablets for a more intuitive browsing experience, making it one of the best WordPress minimalist themes.

Flat - MORE INFO / DEMO

flat

Flat is a colorful but still minimal theme with a one page design. The Flat design style is a hot trend at the moment as it works well on mobile devices. Flat theme is modern, bold and special. Flat theme utilized HTML5, Javascript, and CSS3 to display the content in an interactive way. As the page scrolls down, the content will appear with various transitional effects: fly-in, fade-in, slide-in, drop-in, animated circles and progress bars. Flat is packed with shortcodes and custom post types such as Section, Timeline, Team, Portfolio, and Testimonial. It also have a page builder.

RiverS Retina Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme - MORE INFO / DEMO

RiverS Retina Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme

With RiverS you get a multi-functional responsive WordPress theme with a minimal design. It will fit well for building professional business websites but it may also work as a blog theme. RiverS features clean, modern design and a easy to use options panel for customization. This theme includes 4 responsive sliders, filterable portfolio with various layouts, a comprehensive list of shortcodes and a visual shortocode generator.

Flexible Responsive WordPress Portfolio Theme – MORE INFO / DEMO

Flexible Responsive WordPress Portfolio Theme

Flexible is a sleek and minimal portfolio and photography theme packed full of some awesome features. The theme puts your work first, keeping the design elements to a minimum while still maintaining a definitive modern style. With its filterable, ajax-powered multi-media gallery, Flexible is perhaps our most feature-rich gallery theme yet.

Soap – Creative Business Portfolio - MORE INFO / DEMO

Soap - Creative Business Portfolio

Soap is a very clean minimal theme for WordPress with a beautifully design. The theme comes with 18 page templates and it will work great for blogs, portfolios, company and personal websites. Soap is clean and minimal and puts critical focus on your content. The theme have responsive layout and tons of nice features, such as multiple sliders to choose from.

Charlton WordPress Theme - MORE INFO / DEMO

carlton-blog-theme

Charlton is a minimal blogging theme with a creative touch. The theme includes multiple Post Formats to allow you to post video, audio, quotes, photos and photo galleries the cool way. Charlton have several sidebars so you can have different content for your homepage and blog pages. The theme include social integration and it is simple to set up your twitter, facebook, RSS and dribbble usernames and make them display as links in the header with a count of how many followers you have.

Skyfashion – Minimalist WordPress Theme - MORE INFO / DEMO

Skyfashion - Minimalist WordPress Theme

Skyfashion is a cool theme for anyone that love minimalism and clarity. The theme is great for a corporate website or a professional portfolio. Skyfashion is responsive and makes your website mobile ready and a pleasure for visitors using tablets and smartphones.

Coraline Ajax And Responsive WordPress Theme – MORE INFO / DEMO

Coraline Ajax And Responsive WordPress Theme

Coraline is a great theme for the creative agency, freelancer or general business. Has a lot of modules are ready for homepage, it’s simple-to-use, customize and install.

Evolution Minimal Responsive theme – MORE INFO / DEMO

Evolution Minimal Responsive theme

Evolution come with 4 distinct layouts, each meant to improve your user’s experience when browsing on mobile phones and tablets. No longer will they need to zoom and scroll to view your site, as the theme’s layout will adapt to the small screen and serve your content in an intuitive way automatically. Just try reducing your browser’s window size when preview the theme to see the magic in action!

Yin & Yang: Clear and Slick Portfolio Theme – MORE INFO / DEMO

Yin & Yang: Clear and Slick Portfolio Theme

Yin & Yang is a light, minimalistic, simple to use portfolio theme. Quick to setup and easy to customize, thanks to the powerful admin panel, and the detailed documentation, Yin & Yang is the perfect theme for showcasing your most important work directly in front of your potential clients.

Yin & Yang has got you covered on all fronts, so if you ever get stuck on anything, rest assured that you’re going to get the help of a professional, if and when you need it, because Yin & Yang comes with excellent customer support.

SmartStart WP – Responsive HTML5 Theme – MORE INFO / DEMO

SmartStart WP – Responsive HTML5 Theme

SmartStart WP is a simple and clean but still professional WordPress theme suitable for any business blog or portfolio, and it’s created by using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 techniques. With a responsive design it is easily usable with any device (Desktop, tablet, mobile phone…), without removing any content!

Weald – Flat Responsive Portfolio WordPress theme - MORE INFO | DEMO

Weald - Flat Responsive Portfolio WordPress theme

Weald is a minimal responsive WordPress theme with a business portfolio layout. It is a great solution for a creative freelancer or agency. I am quite sure you will find the theme to be flexible and easy to customize. With Weald you can create a single-page website, but it is also simple to use it as a regular website with content placed on separated pages. The Nemus Slider is included and it helps you create cool sliders and slideshows.

The Professional WordPress Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

The Professional WordPress Theme

The goal with TheProfessional was to create a sleek and simple design without all of the extra features on the homepage that some people have no need for. This layout will be very easy for your visitors to understand and navigate. The three short blurbs on the homepage are easy to take in and the prominent slider provides a clear call to action.

Candy – Flat Onepage Responsive HTML5 Template - MORE INFO | DEMO

Candy - Flat Onepage Responsive HTML5 Template

This is just real Candy… this theme is super minimal and modern and comes with a responsive layout. The theme is really a parallax WordPress one page template and it is great for setting up a minimalistic and yet professional portfolio.

Bigbang – Responsive WordPress Template – MORE INFO / DEMO

Bigbang – Responsive WordPress Template

This is a crisp and clean looking WordPress theme that is fully responsive. It has 6 blog formats and portfolio page templates, 2 contact page layouts, 2 home page layouts and many more nice features.

CHAMELEON Minimal WordPress Theme – MORE INFO | DEMO

CHAMELEON Minimal WordPress Theme

Chameleons are known for their ability to change the color of their skin. The patterns and color combinations you find in chameleons are almost endless, and our new theme is no different! Chameleon was created to be a simple and professional theme with loads of customization options that do not require web development experience to utilize.

ARES – Blog Magazine Minimal Template – MORE INFO / DEMO

ARES – Blog Magazine Minimal Template

Ares is The Clean Magazine, News and Blog Template built with latest WordPress features.

Minimalia - MORE INFO / DEMO

minimalia

Minimalia is a clean blogging WordPress theme with a  responsive layout. As the name suggests, Minimalia is a minimal theme, with a beautiful and clean design that keeps the focus on your content. It’s also loaded with great functionality such as our custom widgets and optimizations.

Minimal WordPress Theme – MORE INFO / DEMO

Minimal WordPress Theme

Minimal is a great theme for those who want to give their blog a truly simple and elegant feel without sacrificing any of the advanced features you have come to expect from ElegantThemes. The colors are easy on the eye, and the overall minimalist approach to the design makes for a relaxing and user-friendly experience for your visitors. This is one of the best simple wordpress themes available – at least that is my opinion.

GoodMinimal – MORE INFO / DEMO

GoodMinimal

Good Minimal is a responsive HTML5 & CSS3 , clean and minimalist style theme that is good for portfolio, blogs and businesses. This theme is flexible and is used media queries to adapt screen sizes, whether it is iPhone, iPad and wide screens.

Media Consult – MORE INFO / DEMO

Media Consult

Even if presented as a consultancy theme, Media Consult WordPress theme can be used for a wide variety of business & portfolio sites or just a personal blog.

SympalPress WordPress Theme - MORE INFO / DEMO

SympalPress WordPress Theme

SympalPress is a minimal responsive WordPress theme for personal bloggers. The theme comes with a clean uncluttered design and have special design for several Post Formats such as videos, audio, quotes, photos and galleries. On the blog homepage you can add a cool slider which is responsive and support touch and swipe gestures. With this theme you can easily customize the colors with the Theme Customizer and choose between a light version or dark version.

Propulsion – MORE INFO / DEMO

propulsion-responsive-minimal-theme

Propulsion is a responsive WordPress Theme (try resizing your browser), suited for users who want to create a business, portfolio or eCommerce site. The Theme is built on top of the fabulous woocommerce shop plugin as well as the bbPress Forum plugin. It comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend. 3 Slideshows, 21 predefined skins (which are easy to modify from your backend), font and color options as well as dynamic template builder will help you create the Website you need in no time.

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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scarletheels April 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm

These seem rather busy to be considered minimal, but they are all gorgeous and functional. The top half of Purity is brilliant.

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caroline February 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I am looking for a really minimal white clean pared down with no fancy elements, theme.

Any suggestions gratefully received. Just our logo, and 8 photo boxes on home page. Nothing else. Have spent a long time looking to no avail.

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David November 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Some of them are pretty cool

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Aaron October 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I was hoping that this list of “minimal” themes would include one or more that is just a clean and simple all css theme like that used at Vanilla Forums. A theme like the Vanilla theme would be an excellent starting point for creating a variety of fast, clean, and modern WP themes. I’m not saying I don’t like your list, I’m just on the hunt for a true modern and minimalist theme.

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Dylan C September 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

These are great themes. Elegant Themes definitely have quite a number of options for a good subscription price.

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Debarshi September 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Awesome collection of themes, very helpful for bloggers as well designers to get inspiration from them,

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Mark - Webdesigner aus Hamburg September 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Thanx. Great samples. Go on with that.

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heimkinosysteme test August 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

I love elegant themes. My first Websiteprojekt runs with the SimplePress Theme. Its a classic….

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Laura May 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

These are great themes! Minimal themes are a great start for a personal business, to! They are in some way easy to create, if you know a little something about modern design. I make minimal themes in Lubith first of all because they are highly customizable and you can easily change from one look to another with just a few clicks.

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Mike Panic March 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I just re-launched a client’s site with Woothemes’s Whitelight / commerce, their support is top notch and the site came out amazing: http://homebase610.com

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Paul Weston March 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Thought this was a great article and one that features some very interesting and inspiring designs. I really like the Vulcan theme with the use of colour and layout. It really gets across a clean and modern feel and with the use of typography also gets across the minimalist style. There are a lot of great designs in this collection and I will be using this article as a resource when I come to design a site with a minimalist feel. Great article and I look forward to more from yourself.

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WordPress SEO February 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

very nice collection, thank you for info.

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Connie September 29, 2011 at 7:25 am

I do not see minimalist templates here, most of them are loaded with features

they are nice, but not minimalist … I am looking for real clean minimal themes…

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Lars September 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Connie you are right real minimalism is less but again there are different levels of this depending on the actual needs.

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Alexander August 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

very nice themes. thank you !

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TextureTaddka July 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Clean and neat designs. Thanks for sharing this inspiring collection.

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Jessica Lee July 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Nice list! I see that most themes listed here are from Themeforest. Themeforest is one of my favorite places to go for WP themes. :)

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Lars July 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Yes I agree Jessica. Themeforest is a great theme marketplace!

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Elena July 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

They are beautiful in their own minimal beauty, but the main thing I wanted to tell is:

1) thanks for post
2) you have a BROKEN LINK to your other post about elements and principles of minimalist web design – you probably want to correct it. I managed to find the post you mean by erasing 2011 from URL.

Good luck!

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Lars July 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Thanks Elene, I have fixed the link!

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Saifu July 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

Top Collections..Thanks!

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henri July 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Maybe you could add “codium extend” to your awesome list! http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/codium-extend or “Commune” http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/commune

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Salman Saeed July 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Nice collection :)

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