14 Most Visually Appealing Free WordPress Themes

By / Jun 4, 2009 / Freebies

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.



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.



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.



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



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



A very clean design with a unique middle column.



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



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



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 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.

  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com/ insic

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

  • http://www.reviewpk.com a_usman

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

  • http://www.fuadbd.net Fuad Ahasan Chowdhury

    yahoOo.. thanks a lot.. :)

  • http://X111.com XIII

    Smashing Magazine seems to reign supreme.

  • http://www.danhbaweb20.com/ Danh ba web 2.0

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

  • http://www.wefunction.com liam

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

  • Stef

    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?


  • http://www.bitchslapmag.com Danny

    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..

  • http://www.webmasterdubai.com webmasterdubai

    free stuff and also really cool nice and cool stuff.

  • http://www.meinhaushalt.at/ Sabine

    Hmm – have seen almost all of them before…Sabine

  • Mike Diego

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

  • http://webitect.net Kayla

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

  • http://www.internetovehry.cz Online hry

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

  • http://feedit.iblogger.org/ hadi060

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

  • http://gnetiks.com/gblog Giridhar

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

  • http://thedesignsuperhero.com/ aravind

    Great list!
    Thanks for putting them together..

  • http://www.staceycharron.com stacey

    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.

  • http://www.bestwebcents.com Rock Your Web

    Nice article. Good job.

  • http://leaf7project.com N3K


  • http://mastersblog.co.cc Joe

    I’m using typebased, and it works great

  • http://www.markfitzpatrick.com Mark Fitzpatrick

    Thanks for this inspiring list!

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

  • http://www.amorfrancis.com Amor

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

  • http://speaklouder.co.uk George

    they look amazing. thanks alot guys

  • http://www.clickwisdom.com deborah


    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

  • http://www.ostheimer.at/ Andreas

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


  • http://plasticprinters.blogspot.com Anthony Proulx

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

    Thank you!

  • http://wso2.org/wiki/display/~natefern Bill Bartmann

    Cool site, love the info.

  • http://mahmudurrahmanblog.blogspot.com Mahmudur Rahman

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

  • http://www.key2net.co.uk Website design


    These are great website templates

    Keep up the good work