If there’s one design trend that will never go away, it’s minimal design. Simple in appearance but effortlessly powerful in terms of impact, minimal design is actually one of the toughest styles to pull off.
Luckily, there are plenty of WordPress themes ready and waiting for you to tap into when you need something minimal and fast. So here’s our pick of the best minimal WordPress themes available right now, for those projects where you don’t have time to obsess over every little detail yourself.
Divi 3.0: “The only theme you will ever need”
Elegant Themes’ claim that Divi is the only theme you will ever need gets stronger with ever update. Now in its third full release, Divi 3.0 is more versatile than ever with a constantly improving Divi builder for fast customization.
You can start from scratch with every page you add or use the collection of templates (about page, contact page, etc.) to give you a starting point. Minimal design is at the heart of everything Divi – as long as you don’t add too much yourself – and this is still the best WordPress website builder I know of.
Bushwick may not be as flexible as Divi but it’s got minimalism nailed and it’s difficult to screw that up with this theme. The number of demos you get included depends on which version of the theme you buy and you can see the price plans here:
It’s also worth noting you can use the theme for multiple domains if you go for the $149 version, so keep that in mind when you make your choice.
Fashion Stylist WordPress Theme
This effort from Template Monster puts all the emphasis on imagery for fashion retailers. At least, I assume that’s the case, but you’ll need to get the theme set up with WooCommerce before your clients can actually sell any products.
Otherwise you’re looking at a simple, but snazzy theme for fashionista blogs.
Pure is a portfolio/blog style theme that bundles items into a responsive grid of cards. That’s all there really is to it but it looks great and keeps things ultra simple for that genuinely minimalist design.
You can tell this theme was developed with design portfolios in mind, but it works perfectly for any kind of visual portfolio.
Raven piles full-width divs in between responsive grids to create this half agency/half portfolio design. It’s got a lot in common with Divi, too, in terms of the page builder and customization options you have available.
In fact, the first time I saw it, I thought I was looking at a site built using Divi for a moment. However, there are a number of stylistic differences and Raven isn’t as customizable as Divi. That said, it’s slightly cheaper, although Divi comes with access to the rest of the Elegant Themes library.
Travel Responsive WordPress Theme
The name kind of says it all but this theme can be used for more than just travel. Your clients will need access to decent images to make the most of it, though, with that feature section, although that quickly disappears on smaller devices.
There are some customization options but you don’t get a lot of freedom so you’ll pretty much get what you see with this one. At $56 for a single license, it’s pretty standard in terms of pricing and design but it does precisely what it aims to.
Throne is an ultra-sleek theme “dedicated for creative types; designers, architects, artists, photographers & more”. Instead of the usual scrolling single-page designs, most of the demos offer up full-screen home pages with carousels or sliders.
It sounds like an odd throwback to outdated design trends but the team at Stoned Themes pulls it off with Throne. It also comes with a “one page” template included, which has you covered if you/your client isn’t feeling the full-screen approach.
Drone is a cracking theme from ZigzagPress for all your portfolio needs. It’s another grid setup with responsive cards filling up the display to show the best of your designs or other portfolio pieces.
Subtle animations over the images, scrolling effects and tonal colors turn gentle touches into powerful impact – everything you want from a minimal theme.
Avoir is another portfolio design that’s all about making a bold impression. It’s a minimal design in disguise with chunky fonts and slab-like images that almost pop out of the screen. Everything else is pretty much white background and minimal text, leaving all the emphasis on the portfolio pieces its designed to showcase.
Sure it makes a great portfolio theme for designers but I also fancy this as a website for any product or services that oozes visual appeal. Interior designers, carpenters, independent jewelry designers or designer perms for poodles. The more excess, the better!
Milano is new for 2016 from BeantownThemes and you’ll find it over at ThemeForest for $59. Definitely worth checking out.
It’s not easy to find minimal WordPress themes design with eCommerce in mind, but this is precisely what Milano brings to the table. Aside from a number of sleek options for portfolio and agency sites, Milano packs plenty of options for retailers – especially for those clients in fashion or other stylish retail sectors.
CAM by RJThemes claims to be a “minimal multipurpose” theme with a flair for photography, agency, blogger, portfolio and freelancer sites. It lives up to the promise, too, with a clean layout, sleek design elements and all the features you would expect for the kind of sites listed above – portfolio sections, progress bars, pricing plans, etc.
So there’s our rundown of the top WordPress minimal themes right now. We’ll be back to update this list over time, though, so be sure to point any out you think we may have missed!