40 Beautiful and Minimal WordPress Themes

Finding the right WordPress theme for your website or for a client’s website is not an easy task. Even with the huge selection that is available, if you have some specific things in mind for your site you may find that it’s very difficult to locate a theme that would be a perfect match.  In these situations, you may be better off to start with a theme framework or a minimal theme and customize it through the use of a child theme to meet your needs.

In this post we’ll highlight 40 minimal WordPress themes that are worth a look. The themes showcased here are not necessarily bare-bones minimal, but rather they are minimalist in style which often makes it easier to use as a starting point.

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Hardy – $49

Hardy is a responsive theme from ThemeTrust. It includes all the necessary functionality for portfolio websites, but it could also be used for a wide variety of other types of sites. It comes with features like column shortcodes, page templates, Google Web Fonts integration, slideshow shortcodes, custom widgets, button shortcodes, a theme options panel, and more.

hardy

Hero – $49

Hero is another beautiful and responsive portfolio theme from ThemeTrust. It includes features like a stylish parallax banner, custom widgets, column shortcodes, Google Web Fonts integration, a filterable portfolio, page templates, a theme options panel, and more.

Hero

Reveal – $49

Reveal is also from ThemeTrust. It is a responsive portfolio theme with features like an ajax-powered filterable portfolio, Google Web Fonts integration, slideshow shortcode, custom widgets, button shortcodes, page templates, a theme options panel, and more.

Reveal

Clean – $49

Clean is another responsive theme from ThemeTrust. It is versatile enough to be used for a portfolio, blog, or another type of website. It’s features include column shortcodes, Google Web Fonts integration, slideshow shortcode, custom widgets, button shortcodes, page templates, a theme options panel, and more.

Clean

Lucid – $39

Lucid, from Elegant Themes, is a magazine theme that is excellent for creating your own blog or online magazine with a clean and minimalist design style. It comes with five different color schemes, a responsive layout, extensive shortcodes, page templates, and a theme options panel.

Lucid

Flexible – $39

Flexibile is a portfolio theme from Elegant Themes. While it does feature a filterable portfolio, it could also be used for different types of sites as well. It’s features include a font customizer, unlimited color schemes, a responsive layout, extensive shortcodes, page templates, a theme options panel, and more.

Flexible

Evolution – $39

Evolution is a responsive theme from Elegant Themes that can be used for portfolios, blogs, corporate sites, and more. Some of it’s primary features include four different color schemes, shortcodes, page templates, and a theme options panel.

Evolution

Modest – $39

Modest is a minimal theme from Elegant Themes that can be used for portfolios and much more. It includes features like five color schemes, page templates, shortcodes, and a theme options panel.

Modest

 

Minimal - $39

Minimal is a blogging and business theme from Elegant Themes. Its features include two color schemes, shortcodes, page templates, and a theme options panel.

Minimal

 

dePosito - €39

dePosito is a minimal and flexible portfolio theme from ThemeShift. It features a responsive design and layout, custom post types, custom post layouts, custom widgets, shortcodes, page templates, and more.

dePosito

 

Cleanr - $49

Cleanr, available at Mojo Themes, is a beautiful portfolio and business theme. It uses a responsive layout and its features include a filterable portfolio, post formats, custom backgrounds, custom widgets, page templates, and more.

Cleanr

Supple - $37

Supple is a responsive minimalist portfolio theme available at Mojo Themes. It comes with light and dark color schemes, post formats, custom widgets, shortcodes, and a theme options panel.

Supple

Rustik - $59

Rustik is a minimalist ecommerce-ready theme that can be purchased at Mojo Themes. It’s features include Google Web Font integration, Nivo slider, threaded comments, theme options panel, and more.

Rustik

Gridlocked - $50

Gridlocked is a versatile grid-based theme available at ThemeForest. It comes with light and dark color schemes, a filterable portfolio, a Tumblr-style blog, post formats, page templates, shortcodes, theme options panel, and more.

Gridlocked

Classica - $50

Classica is a beautifully minimalistic portfolio theme for studios and freelancers, available at ThemeForest. Its features include 2 portfolio layouts, custom widgets, page templates, shortcodes, and a theme options panel.

Classica

Good Space - $45

Good Space is a responsive theme that can be purchased at ThemeForest. It is intended for use by creative agencies, but could certainly be used for other purposes as well. Its features include unlimited colors, 6 footer layouts, 4 blog styles, 450+ fonts available, drag and drop page builder, shortcodes, and more.

Good Space

Aware - $45

Aware is a responsive portfolio theme available at ThemeForest. It features an ajax portfolio, custom widgets, shortcodes, and a theme options panel.

Aware

Purity - $45

Purity is a responsive business or portfolio theme available at ThemeForest. It is retina ready and includes features like shortcodes, Google Web Fonts integration, unlimited colors, 20 page templates, and a theme options panel.

Purity

Garnish - $50

Garnish is a clean ajax-powered portfolio theme available at ThemeForest. Its features include light and dark color schemes, multiple post formats, page templates, shortcodes, and a theme options panel.

Garnish

The Cotton - $45

The Cotton is a clean and minimal theme that can be purchased at ThemeForest. It comes with features that include unlimited skins, 3 portfolio templates, 3 featured sliders, a powerful admin panel, Google Web Font integration, and more.

The Cotton

Artiste - $50

Artiste is a clean portfolio theme that keeps the focus on your work. It comes with light and dark color schemes, a filterable portfolio, page templates, shortcodes, and a theme options panel.

Artiste

Sideshow - $50

Sideshow is a minimal theme with a Tumblr-style blog, and it is available at ThemeForest, It’s features include light and dark color schemes, a filterable portfolio, shortcodes, page, templates, a theme options panel, and more.

Sideshow

Spacing - $45

Spacing, available at ThemeForest, is a minimal and responsive theme that can be used for portfolios or business websites. Its features include a homepage builder, unlimited colors, shortcodes, Google Web Font integration, a filterable portfolio, lightbox galleries, a theme options panel, and more.

Spacing

Skyfashion - $45

Skyfashion is a responsive business and portfolio theme that is for sale at ThemeForest. It comes with features that include custom backgrounds, Google Web Fonts integration, light and dark color schemes, shortcodes, and more.

Skyfashion

Basic – free

Basic is a free minimal theme from Themify. It uses a very simple and clean design and layout. It features a responsive layout and comes with a theme options panel that will allow you to customize the design and layout of your site.

Basic

Simfo – $39

Simfo is a minimal and responsive theme from Themify. It includes a featured slider, lightbox gallery, post sorting, list view and multiple grid view layouts, 8 theme skins, and more.

Simfo

ThemeMin – $39

ThemeMin is a minimal typography-focused theme from Themify. Its features include threaded comments, optional homepage slider, lightbox photo galleries, several widget areas, four different color schemes, and more.

ThemeMin

Vimes – $69

Vimes, from WPZoom, is intended for design agencies, photographers, and artists, but it is flexible enough to be used simply for blogs as well. It includes a featured slider, portfolio template, custom widgets, custom backgrounds, color csutomization, shortcodes, and more.

Vimes

Elegance – $69

Elegance is a minimal portfolio theme from WPZoom. It features custom widgets, custom backgrounds, color options, shortcodes, page templates, and more.

Elegance

Clean – $49

Clean is an aptly-named theme from ThemePure. It is a portfolio theme with features that include 3 homepage templates, multiple portfolio templates, a filterable portfolio, custom widgets, page templates, threaded comments, shortcodes, unlimited colors, Google Web Fonts, and a theme options panel.

Clean

Simpler – $49

Simpler, from ThemePure, is a minimal mult-purpose theme. It;s features include 7 unique layouts, multiple portfolio templates, shortcodes, custom widgets, page templates, threaded comments, unlimited colors, Google Web Fonts integration, a theme options panel, and more.

Simpler

Catchy – $49

Catchy is a clean portfolio theme from ThemePure. It comes with features like smooth portfolio filtering animations, custom widgets, page templates, threaded comments, color options, Google Web Fonts, and a theme options panel.

Catchy

Exclusy – $35

Exclusy, from Themes Kingdom, is a super clean and responsive portfolio theme. Its features include multiple post formats, Google Maps integration, custom widgets, a color changer, page templates, shortcodes generator, and more.

Exclusy

Exhibit – $35

Exhibit is a minimal grid-based theme from Themes Kingdom. It features a responsive layout, unlimited color options, post formats, Google Maps integration, page templates, custom widgets, and a shortcodes generator.

Exhibit

Widely – free

Widely is a free portfolio theme from Themes Kingdom with a list of features that includes custom widgets, Google Maps integration, shortcodes, page templates, and a theme admin panel

Widely

TrulyMinimal – free

TrulyMinimal is a free typography-focused theme from FlareThemes. It features an advanced control panel, page templates, custom widgets, unlimited color options, and more.

TrulyMinimal

Charlton – $49

Charlton, from ThemeFurnace, is a clean and minimal blogging theme. It comes with multiple post formats, font options, Nivo slider, and a theme options panel.

Charlton

Capiton – $49

Capiton, also from ThemeFurnace, is a minimal theme for portfolios or business websites. It’s features include 4 design styles, a portfolio section, font management, Nivo slider, and a theme options panel.

Capiton

Simpleton – $35

Simpleton is a responsive theme from MyThemeShop. It features unlimited color schemes, unlimited backgrounds, shortcodes, custom widgets, lightbox galleries, Google Web Fonts integration, and more.

Simpleton

Simple – $35

Simple is another responsive theme from MyThemeShop. Its features include unlimited style schemes, Google Web Fonts integration, multiple layout options, shortcodes, a custom options panel, and more.

Simple

 

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Published May 20th, 2013 by

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  • Hemanth Malli, May 21, 2013

    Hero, Modest and Rustic just loved these themes… Thanks for the insightful post :)

  • Jothi Basu, May 21, 2013

    Simple and stunning themes :)

  • Riz, May 24, 2013

    I like Lucid and Clean.

  • Ceba, June 3, 2013

    absolutely amazing collection, gonna use few for my projects :D

  • Matthias, June 4, 2013

    Very nice collection!

  • Tech Honey, June 8, 2013

    Awesome Themes :)

  • markus, June 11, 2013

    Beautiful collection – thank you!

  • Matt, June 16, 2013

    Wow! A collection of nothing but affiliate links. How about some free wordpress themes, instead of a giant ad!

  • jotizen, June 23, 2013

    are there any free simple wordpress theme?

  • Alex, November 8, 2013

    Awesome round up, I’ve used Simpler before. It was really easy to work with.