14 Most Visually Appealing Free WordPress Themes

By / Jun 4, 2009 / Freebies
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With such a large community that has grown around WordPress, it’s no surprise that there are tons of free themes floating around out there. However, there are only a few that look great out of the box. In this article, I’ve rounded up what I believe are the best looking free WordPress themes available.

Magazeen

Magazeen

Themes don’t get more stylish than this one. Magazeen includes some pretty cool features including a thumbnail gallery at the top of the home page that showcases the latest posts.

Gallery

Gallery

Since this one is heavily inspired by Card Observer, I had to include it.

Color Paper

Color Paper

This theme has a traditional blog layout but, but the use of color and texture really make it stand out from the crowd.

Infinity

Infinity

This light on dark theme features a 3 fixed column design, thumbnail covers style, and Flickr, Twitter and delicious integration.

Irresistible

Irresistible

Irresistible is a visually-rich personal blog, with a little bit of a multimedia focus. Some features include: integrated video player, integrated banner ad management, and 9 color choices.

Typebased

Typebased

Typebased is a very clean and elegant theme that doesn’t have a lot of design elements and doesn’t need them.

Imprezz

Imprezz

A very clean design with a unique middle column.

Outdoorsy

Outdoorsy

If you are looking for something unique and different in a theme, this is it. It makes great use of some beautiful textures.

Imprezz

Imprezz

This one is a 2-column theme with lots of detailed vintage design elements.


Meta-Morphosis

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Meta-Morphosis

Meta-Morphosis is a visually-rich personal blog, with a magazine layout approach.

Notepad Chaos

Notepad Chaos

This theme has 2 columns, a quite vibrant design including “personal” design elements such as handwritten headings, stick-it-notes, clips and pins.

Colourise

Colourise

Colourise is a gorgeous light on dark, two-column theme with an ultra large header image, a dark backdrop and a fat footer.

WordPress Fun

Wordpress Fun

Another theme that uses a lot of great textures and has an excellent color palette.

Simply Ornate

Simply Ornate

This is a minimal theme that comes with 5 different ornate background paterns.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

29 Comments

  1. insic
    June 4, 2009

    wow! nice list of themes. Im impress by Imprezz i like it :)

    Reply
  2. a_usman
    June 4, 2009

    Good list…. but these are not new to me, at least.

    Reply
  3. Fuad Ahasan Chowdhury
    June 4, 2009

    yahoOo.. thanks a lot.. :)

    Reply
  4. XIII
    June 4, 2009

    Smashing Magazine seems to reign supreme.

    Reply
  5. Danh ba web 2.0
    June 4, 2009

    Awesome list. Thanks you very much
    See more great themes WordPress in my blog: http://tr.im/lqTt

    Reply
  6. liam
    June 4, 2009

    Wow, 3 of my themes are mentioned here. Amazing, thanks Henry!

    Reply
  7. Stef
    June 4, 2009

    Just signed up for my free WordPress blog.

    Can I use these themes on the free blog version, or do they only work on a hosted WordPress site?

    Thanks

    Reply
  8. Danny
    June 4, 2009

    Agree with a_usman, nice… but the usual suspects that I ´ve been seeing on just about every wordpress theme post during the last few months. I guess that´s what happens when everone reads everyone else´s posts. New themes roundup! please..

    Reply
  9. webmasterdubai
    June 4, 2009

    free stuff and also really cool nice and cool stuff.

    Reply
  10. Sabine
    June 4, 2009

    Hmm – have seen almost all of them before…Sabine

    Reply
  11. Mike Diego
    June 4, 2009

    One of my favorite themes WordPress fun. Great list and thanks for sharing.

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  12. Kayla
    June 4, 2009

    Excellent list…I find new great themes every. You’ve made an excellent selection here.

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  13. Online hry
    June 4, 2009

    Hey, great. Simply Ornate si one of the best theme what i can see.

    Reply
  14. hadi060
    June 5, 2009

    It’s an excellent list.. I know some of these themes.. Thanks for sharing..

    Reply
  15. Giridhar
    June 5, 2009

    Great list.. i liked color paper, but it has some alignment issues

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  16. aravind
    June 6, 2009

    Great list!
    Thanks for putting them together..

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  17. stacey
    June 18, 2009

    The only scuff I have is that “notebook choas” looks like they ripped the design from http://www.webdesignerwall.com. Other than that these are very nice.

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  18. Rock Your Web
    June 19, 2009

    Nice article. Good job.

    Reply
  19. N3K
    June 23, 2009

    Good!!

    Reply
  20. Joe
    June 29, 2009

    I’m using typebased, and it works great

    Reply
  21. Mark Fitzpatrick
    July 1, 2009

    Thanks for this inspiring list!

    Just starting to use irresistible for my new blog. Such a versatile theme.

    Reply
  22. Amor
    July 4, 2009

    Great selection. I love the themes WordPress Fun Outdoorsy and the 2 column Imprezz.

    Reply
  23. George
    July 10, 2009

    they look amazing. thanks alot guys

    Reply
  24. deborah
    July 11, 2009

    Greetings,

    Great designs here. I’m in search of a WP designer. If you are interested, please send me a quote. I’ve contacted five designers so far and only one has written back. My hope is that a targeted comment on a blog read by designers might get me a few more quotes to consider. Deborah

    Reply
  25. Andreas
    August 5, 2009

    This is really a great list – and I will definitely look at some of them in detail. Thanks.

    Andreas

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  26. Anthony Proulx
    August 21, 2009

    Great post, some of my fav posts are ones that give out free resources!

    Thank you!

    Reply
  27. Bill Bartmann
    September 3, 2009

    Cool site, love the info.

    Reply
  28. Mahmudur Rahman
    March 18, 2010

    These are really very awesome themes. Thanks for share. :)

    Reply
  29. Website design
    November 16, 2011

    Hey,

    These are great website templates

    Keep up the good work

    Darren

    Reply

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