17 Awesome Flat WordPress Themes of 2013

The past 12 months have seen a a huge number of designers embracing a flat design for their apps and wordpress theme designs. It is debatable how much Apple (ios7) and Microsoft (Windows 8) started this trend or merely followed it. Apple were getting an increasing amount of flak from designers for their outdated skeuomorphism with its semi realistic textures, shadow effects, reflections and bevelled edges.

Many theme designers have produced some stunning flat wordpress designs in the last few months and if you are designing for clients or just want something for your own site, moving to a flat responsive design will be sure to impress. For now at least, the designs below look fresh, attractive and intuitive to navigate. The user experience has been prioritised in all the designs below and we will showcase designs across a range of categories that will be suitable for corporate, blog, creative and eCommerce wordpress sites. So lets gets started – below are the best wordpress themes of 2013 with a flat design.

Nordic

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Nordic is an uncluttered, simple and beautiful wordpress theme focused on highlighting the creative output of photographers, graphic designers and other creatives. It has a full ajax template providing a smooth browsing experience for users as it only loads those dynamic sections that are necessary.  It has multiple layout options, psds included, several quality shortcodes, CSS3 animations and many more superb features.

Simplicity
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The impressive animations included in this template are what makes it stand apart from others. It is flat, retina ready and fully customisable. They also include loads of cool interactive infographic style elements like pie charts, progress bars and vertical bars. The layouts can be changed easily (6 different portfolio layouts, masonry options for blog posts, shortcodes etc). Check out the demo to play around with the options available.

Flathe

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Flathe clean contemporary wp template by Mojo Themes which is flexible enough to suit corporate, blog, portflio or product focused websites. It has several page templates including 3 portfolio layouts and a range of shortcodes come bundled with it.

Cuber

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Cuber is a slick and professional flat theme that would be great for a portfolio or business sites. It looks great on tablets and cell phones and the multiple layout options provide plenty of flexibility in the design (it has 5 blog layouts, 5 portfolio layouts and 3 home page layouts). There are also cool CSS3 animations that will be sure to impress. It was released in October 2013.

ExtraNews

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This flat responsive news theme with tiled block homepage was designed and coded by 2WinFactor and would suit a variety of online publishers. The integrated review feature with multiple styles is something many themes don’t have and will be a major factor why many may chose it. It also comes with load of great inbuilt functions and layouts for displaying videos, slides and images.

Asobar

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Asobar is a one page wordpress theme for creative, blog related or business sites. It can also changed from a one page site to multi pages. It has its own page builder, or Drag n Drop Content manager as they like to call it, making editing the layout very easy. It has light weight parallax for each page, post and portfolio. The navigation bar is centralized which will make it relatively unique but may put some people off it.

Dimple

DImple WordPress Theme

Dimple wordpress theme is a fantastic template for small to medium size creative businesses and freelancers who want to showcase images on a flexible, retina ready responsive theme. It has 8 visualkicks plugins integrated and a ton of options to change the layout, colours, typography and icons of the theme. The home page panels feature makes is really simple to amend the layout of your homescreen and the responsive grid they have used means it looks amazing on an ipad. This theme is definitely recommended if you have high quality images to show off.

Kumaon

Kumaon Falt WordPress theme

Kumaon is a flat retina ready template create by Templatestock. It was developed using Twitter’s Bootstrap framework (version 2.3.2). It has 15 page layouts available, integration with google maps api, over 300 hi res icons, google fonts and clean code. It is also enabled for quick language translation and has thought about SEO factors when designing on page elements.

Flat

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A responsive design (480px & 1070px breakpoints) with retina ready graphic elements, this theme is very easy on the eye. It has 2 home page layouts, ajax pagination to speed up load time and google maps integration. Shortcodes are also available. It is not jam packed with as many features as many of the other themes we list are but it does offer all that it needed for a design focused website that will look great on mobile devices.

HyperText

Hypertext theme from themeforest

The main selling points of this wordpress template are its flat responsive design and drag and drop page builder. It includes 14 powerful widgets, good shortcodes, an integrated slider (Revolution), a filtered portfolio with Istobue and many theme options to change the look and layout of your website (i.e. colour, typography, sidebars, portfolio layout etc). A demo xml file is included if you want to get the same look as the demo site.

Glider

Glider theme from themeforest

Glider offers a flexible layout to fill both large and small screen sizes. The images will also be seen without pixelation on retina ready screens. Glider comes with a visual composer, a layered slider, revolution slider, cruminia mega menu, page builder plugin and pricing table shortcodes. The theme would work well for corporate sites.

Alfie

alfie wordpress theme

Alfie is a $40 premium theme built upon Twitter’s awesome Bootstrap framework. It is built on a 12 column grid and comes with google fonts, over 350 retina ready icons, integrated Revolution Slider, shortodes, custom widest and video tutorials and loads of layout and colour options. It is WPML compatible so you can easily build multilingual sites.

Coffee & Cream

coffee & Cream wordress theme

This is proving a really popular theme at themeforest since its release in June 2013 (the latest update at the time of writing was September). As is becoming increasingly common with premium wordpress themes at themeforest, it includes the Revolution slider worth $15, a ton of widgets (many of which are designed to allow you to create your own vCard), 2 mobile navigation options, 10 skins with 3 color skins, pricing grids a many great shortcodes. This is only a small selection of the features included so I would check out the full list and demo by clicking the links above.

Metrolium

Metrolium wordpress theme

This $45 theme is responsive, retina ready, includes 2D & 3D sliders, has unlimited colours, over 600 fonts, shortcode page templates, multiple blog and header designs, a jQuery sortable portfolio, layered psd’s and loads more. It has a flat metro inspired design and looks great on all screen sizes.

Ink

ink theme thrust wordpress theme

This theme produced by ThemeThrust has a clean responsive theme that is ideally suited to creative individuals or companies who have a portfolio of work they want to showcase. It is compatible with wordpress 3.5+ and comes with multiple options to customize the look and layout how you wish.

Red Sky

red sky wordpress theme

Red Sky is a fantastic flat theme design by PixFlow and can be used for a several website types but is most suited to personal blogs or commercial sites that use a significant amount of images. It generously adds in $30 worth of sliders which is not bad for a theme priced at $40. It also has 4 layout options and several other options within the admin screen to change the layout, menu structure, sidebars and colour scheme.

Metrika

metrika wordpress theme

Metrika is a flat responsive WP theme that includes expressive animations, google fonts, icons, 2 layout versions and extensive css animations. It was built on twitter’s bootstrap framework. It is a one page design which will please some and may put off others – this type of style will not suit all clients so best check first if you plan to customize and sell this to others.