20 Beautiful Minimalist WordPress Themes

Mar 15 2010 by Kurt Edelbrock | 93 Comments

Minimalism in web design seems to be the new trend lately, and WordPress is the perfect candidate to put simplicity to good use. Good minimal design is more than white backgrounds and text-centered design — it requires the same balance, elegance, and purpose that good web design does.

You’ll find 20 minimal WordPress themes below that embody both simplicity and enlightened design. Most of the themes are free, though some of them require a small fee. When using a WordPress theme, be sure to read the license information and give the proper credit to the original designer when offered.

1. Simplicity


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2. Clean Home

Clean Home

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3. Grid Focus

Grid Focus

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4. Modio


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5. Carrington


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6. FotoFolio


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7. Enormous


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8. Modern Clix

Modern Clix

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9. Empty Canvas

Empty Canvas

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10. iA3


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11. Documentation


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12. Simplr


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13. Modern


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14. Structure


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15. Undedicated


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16. Satorii


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17. Vostok


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18. Smart Portfolio

Smart Portfolio

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19. min


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20. Manifest


Demo | Download

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About the Author

Kurt Edelbrock is a web designer, law student, and blogger. He writes about simplicity in web design at Cherrysave. If you would like to connect with Kurt, send him a message at his Twitter profile.



March 15th, 2010

I have tried QuickChic and its a cool minimalistic theme.

Michael Struwig

March 15th, 2010

A list I’ve been waiting for for a long, long time! Thanks!

Altaf Sayani

March 15th, 2010

Minimalist rocks, this list have some of my favorite Clean themes.

Kawsar Ali

March 15th, 2010

Looks Great. No hibbyjibbies… just plain and simple. Great post

David Bradley

March 15th, 2010

Very nice. I like a few of these. :D

David Bradley

March 15th, 2010

Also, smartfolio has to be my favorite.


March 15th, 2010

Thanks Kurt for this list ;)


March 15th, 2010

I love a good minimalist theme. I like to keep my blogs simple and lightning fast. I like most of the examples you posted.


March 15th, 2010

Great collection…I wish I could sell more of my clients on minimalist approach…cleanliness is a step below godliness!


March 15th, 2010

Very good list, thanks.

John Paul Aguiar

March 15th, 2010

Smart Portfolio is pretty cool, simple, with a lil design, nice.

David Swinstead

March 15th, 2010

I do like SixRevisions, but I wonder if posts like this are examples of list articles being taken too far.

A few of these are really nice but most are nothing special at all. Conclusion – a list just for the sake of lists?


March 15th, 2010

wow…very minimalistic themes I like it very much.
I’m a huge fan of simple wordpress themes.
Thanks for sharing.


March 15th, 2010

For anyone looking to start a WordPress design with a COMPLETELY cleaned slate, try Elliot Jay Stocks Starkers Theme (http://elliotjaystocks.com/starkers/)

I understand that this post was not about stripping WordPress of all style and building it yourself, but this can give you a nice start towards building your own beautiful minimalist theme.


March 15th, 2010

This is an extensive list of simple wp themes. It’s a good collection.


March 15th, 2010

Love it when content takes center stage. Excellent (very) minimalist designs. Thank you!

Gonzo the Great

March 15th, 2010

Hi Kurt,

thanks for putting a list together of the most beautiful white and clean WP-themes I’ve seen in a long time! Well, except my own white and clean gonzoblog ofcourse, haha!

And best past, they’re for free! Thanks for sharing, Cheers & Ciao …


March 15th, 2010

Thanks for this list – I’m looking for something different for my site – I like minimalist because I’ve got so many photos.



March 15th, 2010

I think this is a good list and it seems like a lot of people on here are fans of minimalist themes. I understand the appeal, but I personally like WordPress themes that stand out a little bit more.


March 16th, 2010

Please – the link to theme Documentation is very old, please link to http://bueltge.de/documentations-theme-fuer-wordpress/469/ for the actually version. The demo-link is also bad, this is a test-blog of an other people.
Thanks for sharing


March 16th, 2010

i know clean home theme and i love it. thanks for this great list

dave miers

March 16th, 2010

simple. beautiful.

Neil Andrew DuPaul

March 16th, 2010

Just downloaded smart portfolio. I’ve been needing an easy theme to throw up as a homepage, this fits the bill perfectly.


March 16th, 2010

thanks very simple and beautiful themes !!!
downloaded portfolio and structure .


March 16th, 2010

I think that these are to minimalistic to stand out. I’ m all in with minimal design but something has to exist there to make you wanna visit/read/click


March 17th, 2010

Minimalist is not so in here in SA, but then again we are a bit behind the times – ;)


March 17th, 2010

Thanks for featuring my Smart Portfolio and Min sites sites Kurt, I’m proud to be a part of that great list. – Curt


March 17th, 2010

I love structure theme.


March 17th, 2010

18. Smart Portfolio | Amazing!


March 18th, 2010

an indexhibit-like theme and tutorial (fr) :
! you need to select a static page as home !
screenshot :


March 18th, 2010

I like GridFocus from them all

Naeem Noor

March 18th, 2010

Modio is Awesome!

5D Mark II

March 18th, 2010

I am going to try some

Amanda Larrinaga

March 18th, 2010

These are great.

CMS Themes

March 18th, 2010

Awesome list mate :)

James Karinejad

March 19th, 2010

Brill! been looking for a list like this, thanks

Mark Simon

March 19th, 2010

These all look like nice themes for the most part.

FYI… the picture and links you have for FotoFolio are very misleading. The picture & demo link are not the site you get from installing the theme.

The colors & layout are completely different.

Thanks for posting

Bryan Helmig

March 22nd, 2010

Check out Magatheme. It’s clean and easy to use too.


March 25th, 2010

thanks for sharing…
reference to study and make WP themes for newbies

Mr. Juegos

March 31st, 2010

Thanks for this awesome collection, “min” theme rocks.

Jason Fonceca

April 7th, 2010

Woo! Talk about beautiful free minimalist themes! Kurt, what a great and useful collection to share. Thanks so much man… totally appreciated. I’m psyched to play around with some of them :)

I may be wrong but, it seems to me that Smart Portfolio is no longer free, but a pay-for theme on ThemeForest (not that its not utterly worth its price!)

Rock on.


April 14th, 2010

Wow amazing themes! Thank you very much! :-)


April 30th, 2010

Theme superr

RSA Online

May 7th, 2010

Thanks I am getting Smart Portfolio! Cheers. 8-)


July 12th, 2010

Quality, been looking to start a blog from our website for customer interaction, so looking for something like this. Thanks for sharing.


July 15th, 2010

These are great themes! I run the Frugal theme on my personal site but really like these other minimalist themes. Just looking at them, and without having tried any yet, Simplicity and Clean Home look really nice.

Satya Prakash

August 11th, 2010

I checked structure theme and it looks good. have not checked whether it is free or what


September 20th, 2010

i love minimalist theme. But why most of them are in black and white? Good list anyway.


September 29th, 2010

Thanks for the list..
Loves the Grid Focus themes

Wordpress Theme NL

October 14th, 2010

Last week I made a brand new minimalist wordpress theme. I love them. Just look for “Friendly Fast” and you will find it.


November 9th, 2010

Thanks for sharing. Greetings

Little Geek

November 9th, 2010

Well, thank you for this great collection, i have collected more 35 clean and minimal templates here: http://www.alittlegeek.com/35-clean-fresh-minimalistic-free-wordpress-themes/. i hope they will be useful for you too.

David Siddall

November 9th, 2010

I’ve personally used MidMo. It’s a great template for a portfolio style website and blog.

Markus Dan

November 13th, 2010

Great themes!! Thanks a lot

Fitri Mandiri

December 14th, 2010

nice themes.. AMAZING!!! thanks..

Zach Lysobey

December 20th, 2010

9. Empty canvas – broken links…


December 31st, 2010

I several of these themes, Superb taste ;)

Ronald Redito

January 2nd, 2011

I use Smart Folio for one of my clients in dental industry. She liked the look of the page.


January 13th, 2011

Im newbie in WP and thanks for sharing. i’m about to buy a limited minimalize theme from http://www.12designsproject.com/
but now i think maybe i should try a free one 1st..

ari giduk

January 21st, 2011

very minimalist I find the template in the category elegant minimalist but memorable, if there is I would definitely replace my wordpress template


February 8th, 2011

I like this template, although I am not using wordpress based website and I will wait hopefully will come out based templates blogspot template similar to this minimalist

Fabrizio Van Marciano

February 15th, 2011

Wow, Simpr couldn’t get any more minimalist than that huh, great selection thanks for sharing.


February 19th, 2011

Very nice collection :) i thing the Carrington is the better, great list, thanks.

hans hs

February 22nd, 2011

i like this coll themes, i like minimalist, thanks


March 9th, 2011

The best Minimalist WordPress Themes!!!


April 18th, 2011

Would have been great if each of your examples included a photo sample instead of just mostly text.


May 4th, 2011

Simple but powerful wordpress themes.Thanx


May 6th, 2011

Perfect, undedicated was just what O was looking for.
many thanks


May 14th, 2011

I’m looking for something like this. White and simple, great.

Justin Freid

May 16th, 2011

I like Grid Focus, thanks for putting this post together.


May 17th, 2011

I like this template, although I am not using wordpress based website


May 27th, 2011

Thanks. like “6. FotoFolio” ;-)


June 9th, 2011

My personal favorite minimalist theme is Barecity

Perfect for hacking to blend into an established website


June 22nd, 2011

I love minimalist themes, but could do with a bit more colour, minimalist doesnt have to mean white. Great list BTW


June 22nd, 2011

Another great minimalist theme for the list is Space. It does a good job of removing both unnecessary design elements and WordPress features, leaving users with clear and easy to read comment.

You can see Space in action here:



June 28th, 2011

Great themes! Thanks, thanks, thanks


July 5th, 2011

cool.. im going to trying one of those… thanks and many thanks..


July 11th, 2011

Thanks for the great list of these wordpress themes

Josh Harris

July 14th, 2011

Have to say I really like Smart Portfolio, top quality theme.


August 2nd, 2011

Simple & attractive.. i found some cool themes here.


August 10th, 2011

yes… i verry verrrrry like this themes.


August 14th, 2011

Smart portfolio is certainly on top of all those listed here.


September 8th, 2011

best theme i will be download for my blog


September 11th, 2011

great theme thank’s :-)

Javi @ JuegosDeMario

September 16th, 2011

In Germany we say “weniger ist mehr” like “less is more”… That´s my principle in relation to webdesign. Great theme, therefore :) .

San Fernando

September 27th, 2011

Nowadays with websites getting cluttered, or over-animated, I prefer a minimalist theme. Thank you for the suggestions!

Vikram Kamath

October 1st, 2011

You forgot melville!

samrat kafle

October 15th, 2011

great themes listed here really thanks for sharing this :)i am gonna use it for sure…

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