Often the perfect theme is one that is minimalist in design or color and allows the readers to focus solely on the content, whether it be text or images. Surprisingly few WordPress theme designers strive to design the perfect minimal theme, but here is a short list of the best available.
1. Read Minimalist Theme
The Read theme is perhaps one of the cleanest themes I have ever come across. It beauty lies in the clever use of fonts on a perhaps unsurprisingly whiter than white background. Very few themes focus their efforts so much on the content as this one, and even fewer look so amazing when being viewed through an Ipad or Iphone. If you have something great to say than why not let your writing do the talking – a classic feel with elegant simple looks.
2. Swap Theme
Another uncluttered theme that offers a fantastic mobile viewing experience. Of particular interest is the ability for visitors to use swip gestures while viewing the themes gallery. Admittedly this theme suits visual artists more than those looking for a more traditional blogging experience but if you have something to show off a minimalist theme gallery should be exactly what you are looking for.
3. Written WordPress Theme
Another classic theme that puts your content at the forefront of your website. This theme offers a choice of 48 fonts, and has an easy to use administration panel making it a great choice for advanced and beginner bloggers alike. A true minimalist theme for those serious about their project.
4. Stork Theme
A super simplistic theme that stands out in amongst the croud. The stork theme offers the ability to easily change the primary site color (from blue to whatever you want) which ensures the site is alignable with your personality or brand. A simplistic single colomn theme that is as simple as you want it to be without hiding your creativity. Looks great on mobile devices.
5. Bloggy Minimalist Theme
Clean HTML5 design that focuses primarily on readability. This theme supports all post formats and has its own custom setting panel for easy customization. The theme also comes with 600+ Google fonts to enable you to customize the fonts to your liking. A great theme for those expecting many visits from mobile.
6. WP Professional
WP Professional is a clean magazine theme straight out of the box, but with numerous styling options available it doesn’t have to be if you so choose. With over 100 styling options you can truly choose what your website will look like.
7. Wp DaVinci 2.0
Another popular Minimalist magazine theme for easy customization. Am I just saying that? Hell no this website is built using this theme. Minimalist out of the box, but the world is your oyster.
8. Genesis Framework
Not all theme frameworks are equal and Genesis seems to just keep getting better. A fine minimalist theme straight out of the box that offers the ability to use child themes if you so desire.
9. Balance Genesis Child Theme
The balance theme is a minimalist theme specifically designed for personal branding and building a list. As this child theme is built on the Genesis framework it is possible (with a little knowledge) to alter the look and feel to suit your website. Even without styling, this theme is super clean and functional.
10. Prose Child Theme
Another minimilist option from Studiopress. Prose has been developed as a blank canvas.
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11. Minimum Theme
The name of this theme probably says the most about it. Check out the available layouts as this theme has been used exceptionally well as both a corporate website and out & out blogging theme.
12. Cleanbold Theme
A business theme that keeps the visitors attention on what is important. Beautifully simplistic.
13. Charlton Theme
A blogging theme that is easy on the eye. No fuss, few colors and a great layout design.
14. Hipster Theme
A great new theme from RichWP. Fully responsive for the new age in blogging. Simplistic to its core.
So that is our minimalist theme list so far! We continually update these theme lists so be sure to come back if you have not yet found the blank canvas theme that suits your project. Simple themes are often the most beautiful.
If you have suggestions of themes that should be added please be sure to leave a comment below!