We first saw the popularity of flat design soar in 2013; many thought it was just a fad, but they’ve been proved wrong. As designers, we’ve moved on from simply creating flat icons, to building completely flat sites that are also responsive.
It’s easy to see why we love flat design so much: spacing and color become as important as the typography and content on the page. The motto ‘less is more’ is really what flat design is all about – no unnecessary content clutters the page, it’s simply what you need to know, in the purest and a minimalist form.
Here are a few great themes that have caught my eye. Let’s take a good look at them:
Hayden is a flat responsive wordpress theme created by ThemeTrust for creative types that want to show off their portfolio of work. It has a great minimal quality to it and simple styling which gives an overall feeling of quality and aesthetic beauty. It comes with many options within the admin area allowing you to change the styling and layout with ease (i.e. columns, icons, colour, fonts, buttons, widgets and slider design). It is well worth a look if you want to showcase your work and have a stylish blog section.
Zerif Pro is another well designed flat WordPress theme that is suitable for most business types. The theme is flexible and has the main sections used in a commercial website such as Portfolio, Focus, Team, About, Testimonials,and an easy contact form.
Delayed wordpress theme by Themeshift is a minimal flat theme that has stripped away unecessary clutter so the main focus is directed towards the content of the site. The sections are divided by subtle changes in background and the whole feel is sleek and classy. It is a responsive theme with a variety of post formats including gallery, link, quote and status. They have also included their own custom shortcodes.
Flathe is one of those themes where you just say, POWER. For it is the clearest manifestation of one. Being responsive and having a clean and modern design, you can basically use Flathe for any type of website: business, portfolio, product, personal blog and much much more.
Flat is a pretty decent WordPress theme boasting an eye-popping responsive design totalling to 1070px and 480px breakpoints. Aside from its retina ready feature (made better by a retina logo upload field), Flat has very attractive and interactive short menu icons, a touch-ready slider and of course, custom portfolio post types with custom fields and your very own contact form.
As the name suggest, Flatpack wordpress theme is heavily influenced by the school of flat design and great choice for a flexible multipurpose theme than can cope well with many niches. Created by Obox Themes, it includes several core features than can be customised with ease within the admin panel including 12 page templates and custom post types.
SpotWP is a wordpress theme developed on a responsive Bootstrap framework by BragThemes. Fonts can easily be changed with Font Awesome 4 and all the bootstrap components can be added with the shortcode included. It also incorporates a drag and drop home page and multiple posts types so creating a unique design will be very simple, even if you have no coding skills.
Lungo is a flat responsive theme created by Themejug for creative agencies or freelancers wanting to showcase their portfolio and advertise their services. It is very easy to customise and there are several options to display imagery in filterable sections. It you are looking for a flat theme with bold colours then this is well worth a look.
Hypertext is another awesome example of a Flat WordPress theme which merges a lot of functionalities of different WordPress themes into one hyper theme. It is very flexible and provides you with advanced theme options to make your website flexible and customizable.
Made for people who only have success in mind, Glider transforms your lowly-looking blog into a professional corporate or small entertaining blog or web-magazine! It is responsive to any device and has multiple easy to use options and features allowing you to organize your content according to your command.
Amada is a very fresh and neat-looking flat design WordPress theme. It is responsive to any device and easy to access. It has an options like shortcodes, submenus, and of course, the trendy slider area. It’s one amazing theme from admin panel to the post archives itself.
Reveal is a flat style responsive portfolio theme created by Themetrust. They have taken great care and attention to ensure the theme looks great on any device which is important when it is likely that many users will pack it full of images. It utilises ajax to display and filter the images and is most suited for creatives types rather than those who are more text based.
For bloggers starting out who want to use a flat design, Alfie is a must-buy for you. It includes dummy content, a child theme, supports Google fonts and boasts a lot of shortcodes. Aside from that it runs on Twitter Bootstrap making it sure that it fits any screen and with 361 Retina-ready icons, the theme will always be crystal clear.
As light and as flat as MetroFolio looks, it goes way beyond what it seems. With its responsive design totally optimized for iPhone and iPad, fully-powered customizations, Google Web Font support and shortcodes, it goes heavier and better as what you see on screen.
Coffee & Cream
Coffee and Cream are just one of the things that mix well together. You know what the other one is? Well, it’s this theme and your WordPress blog. This amazing multipurpose Theme creates beautiful one-page websites, blogs, portfolios and more.
It comes with a beautiful slider, 27 premium widgets, admin options, scrollable main navigation, supports Google fonts and more.
Inspired by the Metro-icon design, Metrolium stands proud to be one of the best modern and retina-ready WordPress themes. With a beautiful design, well-organized code and teeming functionalities, you will never want anything as fluid and as smooth as this WordPress Theme!
There is much to say about the Weblog theme but the thing you always remember is that it’s clean, bold and at the same time timeless. Because of the great use of typography, which, I think was the major factor why it looks really clean, Weblog gives you Retina-ready assets, Related Posts options, Customizable 404 Pages, SEO all written in clean HTML5 and CSS3.
Sketch is not at all sketchy. In fact, it’s gravely the opposite. Sketch is a responsive one-page WordPress theme that exudes cleanliness, fluidity and beauty. It is responsive, has great typography and of course, fully customizable.
If you are looking for a premium WordPress theme that combines modern flat design and a very flexible backend functionality, then Trend is probably the best candidate for that. It has a lot of custom Theme Options Panels where you can fully customize your website. From logo to color schemes, this theme has it all.
They say that simplicity is beauty and I could not agree more when I saw this theme. It’s one of the most beautiful paradoxes in the Internet as it seemed to exude both simplicity and complexity at the same time. It is simple in a sense that it has smooth loading animations which gives you a simpler and more fluid feel. It also has a very simple to use Admin interface. All in responsive designs. It is also complex in a sense that it is fully customizable, has a parallax slider and written in almost-perfect code.
Baltic is a cool and responsive premium WordPress theme that is created for a lot of uses. You can use it for your company, portfolio or even a blog. Running on every web browser or window, this cool layout will surely impress you because it’s easy to use and beautiful at the same time.
Emerald is truly a gem of one-page responsive WordPress Themes. Having a parallax effect, you can also use Emerald for practically any website. Generally speaking, Emerald is clean and uses this amazing Metro Flipboard Slider which displays text and images beautifully.
Although flat design has been popular in web design for over a year now there is no signs that its popularity is diminishing amongst designers or users. Their clean design and use of colour is proving popular amongst website visitors and if you are looking to freshen up your website and improve user engagement using a flat wordpress theme like the ones above would be a good place to start.