July 7, 2020

14 Most Visually Appealing Free WordPress Themes

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


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.

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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. Stef Reply

    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

  2. Danny Reply

    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..

  3. deborah Reply

    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

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