7 High Quality (And Free) Minimalist Themes For Your WordPress Site

7 High Quality (And Free) Minimalist Themes For Your WordPress Site

Minimalist web design has surged in popularity over the last several years, and nowhere more so than in the WordPress community.

Clean, minimalist WordPress themes available for free
Minimalism: Beauty in simplicity…

More and more WordPress bloggers are embracing the philosophy that less is more. That every piece of visual clutter on your site serves as a distraction from what really matters: your content.

A free and clean WordPress theme is also a good choice if you want to try your hand at some tweaking and customization. A clean, simple theme layout can serve as a kind of ‘blank canvas’ for the aspiring WordPress designer.

So for all you WordPressers who are keen to de-clutter, scale down and simplify your site, we’ve rounded up a collection of 7 sexy minimalist themes that are available free of charge.

Not all of these themes are available in the WordPress Free Theme Directory. But rest assured that we’ve tested all of them on WordPress 3.3.1, and checked for nasty code using the Theme Authenticity Checker plugin. So you may download with peace of mind. Enjoy!

Just Lucid

This one could work equally well as a blog, homepage or just about anything else.

A minimalist WordPress theme called Just Lucid


A good one for photobloggers, or creative professionals who need a snazzy online portfolio.

A minimalist WordPress Theme called Sharpfolio

Fifty Fifth Street

A great starting point for experimenting with color schemes and CSS tricks.

Minimalist WordPress Theme: Fifty Fifth Street


This is about as minimal as it gets. The ultra-simple one column layout is suited to a serious, literary blog.

Manifest: A Minimalist Theme for your WordPress blog


This is more of a static theme that would suit a freelance professional or small business website.

Satoshi the free, minimalist WordPress Theme


This is one of the trendier minimalist themes we’ve seen. Could suit an artist or band website?

Download the Modicus WordPress Theme


Definitely one of my favorites. Modernist was originally released by the crew at Smashing Magazine.
Modernist: A clean, simple and minimal theme for WordPress

Over to you. What are your thoughts on minimalist web design? Can you recommend any good minimal WordPress themes?

Also, you should check out the WordPress question competition that we’re currently running here at WPMU. There are free memberships at WPMU DEV to be won.

Photo: Stephen A. Wolfe.