Minimalism is a trend in interior and web design that popped a few years ago and has no intention of slowing down. In the world of web design, this style allows you to build beautiful websites that place the focus on your content, your work, or your products.
This trend typically features a large static “hero” section at the top of the homepage, a simple menu that overlays over that image in complete transparency, and a sleek, one-page design that tells a visitor all he needs to know about you and your business. WordPress theme developers picked up on this trend in 2014 and really kicked things up in 2015, so we hope you find this collection of 20 minimalist themes useful.
Mama is a true minimalist theme, and that includes its price tag. This team was developed by Jewel Theme. It doesn’t come with all of the bells, whistles and page-building features you’ll find in the themes down below, but it does come with a beautifully sleek design that makes getting a simple site up and running quick, painless and affordable.
The homepage can either be a fullscreen slider or an embedded fullscreen video in HTML format. This includes YouTube videos. It’s most intended for professionals who need a simple, one-page theme to outline their skills, experience and services.
Stormy Day is a powerful, one-page theme by PremiumCoding. This theme provides a perfect for creative freelancers and teams to tell their stories so their clients can get a better understanding of what they’re about.
The homepage can either feature a fullscreen image or video. There are over 20 different portfolio layouts and over 10 different blog page layouts. The theme also comes with over 40 different shortcodes, the developer’s own page builder and AJAX project loading support.
Cre8or is a portfolio theme by TeslaThemes. It comes with the Visual Composer and Slider Revolution plugins, allowing you to build a page with a few drag-and-drop actions. The theme comes with 5 different single portfolio item layouts, giving you plenty of options when it comes to honing in on your unique style and personality.
Images and videos can be displayed in “fancy” lightboxes to help you display your work in a more elegant fashion. This is enhanced by the theme’s neat animations, which include the menu, the customizable SVG logo and page transitions.
Alice is a portfolio theme by Bluxart for creative freelancers and agencies that features a designed “focused on minimalism, elegance and simplicity.” It comes with the Visual Composer and Slider Revolution plugins to help creatives design sites that suited for their elegant tastes with ease.
This theme has full sets of customizations creatives can make to suit their individual needs, from hero headers to beautiful portfolio pages. You can also create team and blog pages in different styles to keep designs uniform with the rest of your site. There’s also a shortcode generator and plenty of customizable options for those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty.
Bloc is an ecommerce theme by Alley-Cat. It comes with the Visual Composer page builder plugin, which typically costs $34 at CodeCanyon. This plugin makes it possible to build unique pages without using code by using the drag-and-drop components that come with Visual Composer, but Alley-Cat has added over 40 unique components of their own to help make your site truly unique even though it’s using a popular theme.
This theme has also been designed to work seamlessly with WooCommerce, WordPress’ most popular ecommerce plugin, making it a beautiful contender for those who use or wish to use WordPress to power their online stores.
Kedavra is a “clean, multi-concept elegant theme” made by Themes Awesome. This theme was built with businesses in mind as it features a clean design and a page-building feature that allows you to create numerous unique designs with a single theme. You can even import the theme’s demo content if you’d prefer to cut down on time by using the demo as is and configuring a few basic settings.
This theme comes with additional features, including a live customizer that lets you preview your changes as you make them, support for over 600 Google Fonts and customer-approved support.
London is a beautifully-designed minimalist theme by Maelstron Entertainment. It’s meant to be used as a portfolio website by creative professionals. The theme comes with two main headers, a fullscreen image header and a Google Maps header redesigned in neutral color tones to match the theme’s style.
It has a live customizer that lets you preview your changes as you make them. This is accompanied by a drag-and-drop page builder that allows nearly anyone to build a well-tuned website in no time.
Nerduck is as minimal as minimalist themes can get. The theme was made by ClaPat. The homepage is simple. It features a hero section, a section for page content and a footer. The Visual Composer and Slider Revolution plugins are included to make building a well-designed website as simple as can be.
Advanced theme options allow you to customize a number of different parts of the theme, from your header to your Blog page and right down to your Portfolio page. The theme is also site-speed friendly with its lightweight framework, SEO-friendly and optimized for the WordPress Multilingual plugin.
Zeum is an incredibly simple, one-page minimalist theme by Lolli. The theme comes with three different versions of the homepage, custom widgets, and support for Contact Form 7 and Bootstrap.
The developers use the homepage as its main selling point. The main one features a fullscreen slider while the other feature a fullscreen video or plain text against solid-colored background. The entire theme is meant to be used by creative professionals as a way to showcase their work in a way that represents their sleek sense of style.
Ariva is a one-page theme made by Theme-Studio. The designers made this theme would the idea that almost anyone can use it, whether you’re a blogger, creative freelancer, agency, band or store owner. The theme uses the Visual Composer and Slider Revolution plugins to make designing a WordPress site easier.
It’s also fully compatible with WooCommerce and the WordPress Multilingual plugins. Portfolios can be fully customized while PSD files and an unlimited number of color customizations are also available. A video can also be used as a background rather than a static header.
Incanto is a versatile theme made by unCommons. It comes with five multi-page layouts and five one-page layouts. The theme is most optimized for businesses, stores, agencies and professionals who need a portfolio, but it can also be used for personal and blogging purposes.
WooCommerce integrates well with this theme as the developers have ensured it’s compatible with all of the latest updates. The Visual Composer plugin is included with this theme, and Bootstrap compatibility also exists. Several different versions of the homepage, portfolio page and blog exist, and additional features and functionality come with the AJAX portfolio loader and theme-specific customizations.
Raven is a simple, minimalist theme by ZookaStudio. The theme developer chose neutral/black and white color tones in its theme demos to emphasize how optimized this theme is for minimalists. The theme comes with over 12 homepage designs to help you design that will not only wow visitors, potential clients and customers but is also fine-tuned to your unique style and personality.
This theme also comes with plenty of premium plugins, which saves you over $100 from the start. These plugins are Visual Composer, Templatera, Slider Revolution and Essential Grid, all of which work with one another to help you build a beautiful website with ease. WooCommerce also integrates nicely.
Ronneby is a popular minimalist theme by DFDeveloper. The developer has won many top-selling rewards on ThemeForest, and the theme itself became the “number one WordPress theme newcomer” of 2015. The theme is fully-optimized for blog or portfolio-style websites, though WooCommerce support is also available, as it has over 40 portfolio page templates and over 10 blog page templates. It also comes with the Visual Composer plugin, Ultimate Addons for VC and Slider Revolution, saving you over $60 right out of the box.
This theme was built with customizability in mind as it features multiple header layouts, over 1700 fonts, mega menu options, coming soon layouts and different general layouts, such as thematic and side-by-side.
ROUA is a minimalist theme made by Stylish Themes, designed with freelance artists and creative agencies in mind. The theme uses an AJAX-powered portfolio to improve “usability of the theme for users.” It also comes with a one-click demo install option if you’d prefer to keep the demo content and replace it with your own.
The theme also comes with a Services page, multiple menu options, SEO-friendly features and a readily-available child theme for those who wish to make in-depth changes. The theme is meant to be used by creatives, but WooCommerce integration is also available.
Savoy is an ecommerce-based theme made by NordicMade. The theme has built-in AJAX functionality and is powered by, you guessed it, WooCommerce. The theme developer chose a beautiful, sleek minimalist theme that puts the customer’s focus on your products and nothing but your products.
You have the option to import demo content for seamless site customization, and the Visual Composer and Slider Revolution plugins are included to keep this process as smooth as possible. The developers have also incorporated speed and SEO-friendly features to keep your shop in Google’s good books.
Vigor is a simple minimalist theme made by Edge-Themes. It can be used to create a number of different types of websites, whether that means a personal blog or a fully-fledged ecommerce store. It comes with the Visual Composer and LayerSlider Responsive WordPress Slider plugins, and it’s fully compatible with WooCommerce.
Several layouts are possible for nearly every page type, especially the homepage and blog page. This includes a one-page option for the homepage and grid options for the blog page. This theme also comes with the ability to add video backgrounds in section, over 40 custom shortcodes and custom widget areas that enable you to build a truly unique site design.
Yaga is a multipurpose theme by Pehaa Themes. The theme can be used to build portfolio websites for creatives, but its main purpose is to power ecommerce stores using WooCommerce. The theme comes with its own page builder and customizable options to make designing a website easy for anyone to do.
Custom post scripts can also be added depending on your needs. These include projects, recipes and destinations. Despite all of its enhanced capabilities, the developer has developed a theme that ensures the user has a fast-loading site.
Hub is a minimalist theme by WooThemes. It was built for content creators, specifically writers. The theme is built by the same guys who built WooCommerce, so the ecommerce plugin is built into the theme naturally.
A focus on bringing key blogging features into the theme is a major benefit of using Hub if you’re a writer. You can create author highlights, feature your latest posts on the homepage and help your content get discovered more by site visitors. It also integrates with WooThemes’ Features by WooThemes and Testimonials by WooThemes plugins.
Divi isn’t a minimalist theme in the same style as the rest of the minimalist themes on this page, but it’s a powerful theme with a simple design capable of producing minimalist styles that mimic the traditional ones you’re used to seeing. This is thanks to the Divi Builder page-building plugin that comes with the theme.
This theme also comes with what’s known as the Divi Library, a place where you can save all of the custom modules you build inside of the Divi Builder. There are over 40 custom modules to customize. You can also add your own custom CSS without using a child theme.
Price: $69/Year (includes all themes from Elegant Themes)
Fixer is a colorful minimalist theme by WPMUdev. It’s a one-page theme built for services, whether that means an entire team or a one-man band. Of course, additional pages are included with the theme and can be added. This includes the Blog page, which features a grid design.
The theme also comes with a “wall-to-wall” mega slider, galleries and contact forms. Prices start at $19/month for just the theme. Details below. The theme also comes with WPMUdev’s premium membership, which includes all of its premium WordPress themes and plugins and costs just a few dollars more per month.
Price: $19/Month (includes unlimited downloads/licenses and premium theme support)
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