10 Minimalist WP Themes for Maximum Inspiration

Linc Wonham
by Linc Wonham 31 May, 2012

While the concept of minimalism in Web design is taking a relatively long road to the mainstream, there's no question that some of history's greatest minds would have been outspoken advocates. Many, in fact, already were centuries before the Web was born.


Leonardo da Vinci: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."


Albert Einstein: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "The supreme excellence is simplicity."


There are dozens more, but the simple fact is that the minimalist principles of Web design are neither new nor fleeting. These powerful designs can lay the foundation for enormously successful Web properties, so we've selected 10 minimalist WordPress themes to provide inspiration.



Perfect for artists that want to showcase their portfolios. Not fond of minimalism? Then Classica is the perfect blank canvas just waiting to be customized.



Another minimalist photography, portfolio, personal website template built with the latest WordPress features.



Dreamy Clean
Comes with extensive and fast support, 12 color skins and unlimited skin variations, 10 custom page templates, 8 different sliders, 30+ Web fonts support and much more.



A fully responsive design that will adapt to various screen sizes.



A simple, subdued design that is still stylistic.



A grid-based, post-format supporting, layout-shuffling, minimalistic theme for creatives. It is both a classic portfolio for showcasing your work and a modern tumblr-style blogging system.




A stylish and modern minimalist theme with a beautiful image gallery slider and an optional blog view. With support for post formats, audio and video playback, ideal for showcasing photography portfolios or podcasting but also great for everyday blogging.



A sharp, simplistic design that makes for an intuitive user experience. Nova's biggest strength is its homepage, which allows you to organize your content into two areas.



Despite its minimalist design, Sundance was crafted with clean, elegant typography and close attention to detail. The home page offers a featured video carousel. It supports the video post format, widgets, custom background, custom header, custom menus and a custom link feature for your social media pages.



Loads all of your content seamlessly using ajax, meaning that no matter how many pages you have in the slider, your initial page-load speed will be lightning fast.