Minimal WordPress Themes

Earlier today I asked my Twitter Followers if they knew of any hidden gems for minimal, clean WordPress Themes. Here are some of the responses I got so far: (thank you Bianca) (thank you Anna) (thank you Chesley) (thank you @3thriftyguys) (thanks Rob) (thank you Dave) (Thank you Justin)

manifest (thank you WITphotography) (thank you Marios) (thank you Joel)

Thanks for everyone that chimed in. And feel free to leave more suggestions in a comment below. I will pick the best ones and suggest them to my friend who is looking to start a blog!

38 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Checkout – they have an assortment of great minimal themes, especially for portfolio sites but they are all flexible enough to use for text-focused sites. I’ve used their themes for a few projects and loved every one.

  2. You should check , the first WordPress site devoted to minimalism. It has the famous Sandbox Theme that will allow you to develop a minimalist theme of your own.

    Scott Wallick was an inspiration for many designers at the time, his themes are clean and elegant.

  3. If you want really minimal (rather than designer minimal) I built Adam’s Razor but it’s a somewhat brutalist approach to functional design.

  4. Definitely check out Underscores!

  5. let me know if you need any more thoughts about Standard Theme… i’m part of that team and would love to let you give it a whirl.

    Heck, why not.

  6. Greg Ponchak’s horizontal and vertical wordpress themes:

  7. Here’s one created by Leo Babauta for his
    He’s giving it free of charge. Cant get more minimal than that ;)

  8. Or, if you wanna go *extremely* minimalist…

    “Dogma” is based on Leo Babauta’s theme but all the ground rules of the minimalist web design ‘dogma’ applied –

  9. Great sharing, thanks! wpshower is best!

  10. My two cents: (Free version available!)

  11. I currently use Thematic:

    For an example of how it looks in action, check out

  12. I’ve always loved manifets – so absolutely clean!

  13. I’d recommend Touchfolio free theme –

  14. *bookmarks furiously*

  15. Canvas by ( is a great bare bones theme that can be as minimal (or complex) as you want!

  16. These are great, and sorry to slightly hi-jack this post, but I love this tumblr theme by Marc Kremers

    I can’t for the life of me find anything like it on WordPress though. Any idea/thoughts?

    Great post!

  17. Hey Swiss Miss,

    Did you end up finding a good minimal wordpress theme or finalizing any?

  18. I am in love with my new theme from One Designs:

    But am keeping this post on file for future reference…thanks!

  19. Your style is so unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this site.

  20. Just found this post, it’s just what i was looking for.

    Thanks alot

  21. I found this wonderful theme
    which is exactly what I am looking for, but high-priced and not apparently a woirdpress theme. CAn anybody suggest soemthing similar?

  22. Really thanks:for this share!Great templates and some of them are free :)

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