Minimal design is one of the biggest design trends of 2016. With sleek lines, ample white space, and an uncluttered layout the focus is squarely on your content. A minimal theme has few features to distract your reader.

Minimal themes are perfect for blogs, businesses, or even to display your portfolio. Elegant and simple layouts let your work shine, and are easy for your readers to view and read.

Here are some of the best minimalist WordPress themes for business, portfolio, or blogs.

1 My Blogmyblog

My Blog is a simple, minimalist theme option. It has two simple layouts and various post options. It’s also easily customizable using the theme options panel.

This theme boasts custom widgets for About Me, tabs, social media, and recent posts. My Blog also enables you to have a featured post slider to draw attention to your most important content.

My Blog shines as a minimal and elegant portfolio or blog site.

Key Features

  • Simple and clean layouts with various post options
  • Custom widgets for About Me, tabs, social media, and recent posts
  • Featured post slider
  • Fully mobile responsive, looks great on all screens
  • Cost – $49

Demo + Download

2 The Essencethe-essence

The Essence is a beautiful multipurpose theme with many features. At first glance, you wouldn’t consider it to be a minimal theme, however, there are 17+ different layouts to choose from and you’ll easily find one that’s minimal, simple, and elegant.

The Essence is perfect for a blog, portfolio, or even a business site, and it’s easily customized using the Meridian Styler. You’ve got full control over the colors, layout, typography, spacing, and more.

This theme also boasts a featured post slider and custom widgets for your about me, social media, and Instagram.

Key Features

  • 17+ layout options
  • Endlessly customizable via the Meridian Styler
  • Responsive design fluidly resizes to the smallest of screens
  • Custom widgets for about, social media, and Instagram
  • Cost – $49

Demo + Download

3 Solopreneurtop-20-startup-wordpress-themes-solopreneur

Solopreneur is a theme of elegant simplicity. This theme boasts a clean design that’s perfect for use as a blog, business, or portfolio site.

The theme itself is easy to use and customize, with a widgetized sidebar that allows you to drag and drop what you want readers to see. Solopreneur is perfect for any site where you want your reader’s attention fixed on your content.

Solopreneur is truly a minimal theme, there’s no frills here – just solid design.

Key Features

  • 2 landing page options
  • Clean and simple design
  • Fully mobile responsive
  • Widgetized sidebar
  • Cost – $59

Demo + Download

4 The Travelerthe-traveler-theme

The Traveler is an elegant, grid-based theme that allows you to display your content with beautiful featured images.

The Traveler is designed for blogging, and is especially good for travel bloggers. However, it can be used to create a blog of any type. The Traveler has multiple post types, such as gallery and image posts, so it’s perfect for a portfolio, or for an image-heavy blog or business.

This theme is extremely customizable – you can change the layout, colors, fonts, spacing, and more, with ease. The Traveler also comes with custom widgets for your About Me and for social sharing.

Key Features

  • Fully mobile responsive design
  • Layout fully customizable – sidebar, fullwidth, number of columns are customizable
  • Unlimited customization options through the Meridian Styler
  • Custom widgets for About Me, social sharing
  • Cost – $49

Demo + Download

5 Simple & Elegantsimple-and-elegant

The name says it all with this theme. Simple & Elegant is a great theme choice if you’re looking for something minimal.

It’s easy to use and set up, with multiple customization options so you can build a brand for your site. With Revolution Slider and Visual Composer included, you’ll easily be able to add stunning visual detail to your site. And it’s easy to create your site with the drag and drop functionality of Visual Composer.

With various post options, and portfolio gallery formats, you’ve got a lot of room to experiment with your blog design using Simple & Elegant.

Key Features

  • Simple layout with clean code for easy adaptations
  • Live customizer for easy editing
  • Desktop and mobile friendly design
  • Slider Revolution and Visual Composer included
  • Cost – $59

Demo + Download

6 Electricelectric

Electric is a theme with impact and boasts 24+ homepage layouts to choose from, which are created with different uses in mind. Freelancer? Shop? Dentist? Electric’s got you covered with a site layout tailored to your needs.

And that’s not all. Electric comes with Visual Composer for easy drag and drop page building. So, you can easily customize your site to your liking.

Electric also boasts a mega menu builder, so your audience can easily locate your new posts.

Key Features

  • Fully mobile responsive
  • Mega Menu Builder
  • Easily customizable with Visual Composer
  • 24+ simple layout designs with loads of customization options
  • Cost – $59

Demo + Download

7 Pile portfolio wordpress themes

Pile is a specialized theme, custom built for portfolios. It has a project builder with a drag and drop interface to make building your portfolio easy.

Pile boasts simple, yet sophisticated, layout options. Simple and minimal doesn’t have to mean plain. Pile is visually stunning and comes equipped with elements like smooth parallax scrolling and unique transition effects.

You can customize the layout of Pile with the unique page builder. Choose between grid aligned or dynamic, flowing layouts. And you have unlimited options when it comes to color, layout, fonts, and more.

  • Project builder with drag and drop interface
  • Simple and sophisticated layouts
  • Mobile responsive design
  • Fully customizable color, layout, and font with no coding skills needed
  • Cost – $225

Demo + Download

9 Taotao

For a strong focus on user-experience, try Tao. It’s a modern and minimal theme with beautiful typography that doesn’t fall short on usability.

With custom post types and custom menus, you’ll be able to change the look of your site to suit yourself.

Great for portfolio, business, or blog, Tao is an excellent theme choice for the lovers of all things minimal.

  • Fully responsive and retina ready
  • Focuses on user experience and usability
  • Custom post types and custom menus
  • Custom default gravatar support
  • Cost – $54

Demo + Download

9 Dividivi-theme

Divi is a powerful multipurpose theme that can easily be adapted to be as minimal as you like.

This main attraction of this theme is the huge variety of elements it comes with, such as blog, portfolio, gallery, and call-to-action modules. It’s extremely easy to use, and the Divi Builder makes it even easier to see the changes you make to your site in real time.

Divi ships with loads of premade layout options to choose from, or you can download the many additional options from Elegant Themes.

  • Powered by Divi Builder – fully customize all elements with real-time design
  • 20+ premade layouts and can import other layouts
  • Responsive design for an excellent user experience
  • Comes with integrated split testing and conversion rates
  • From $89/year

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10 Dorseydorsey

Dorsey is a minimal theme of impressive simplicity. It’s got plenty of white space to put the focus on your content, with no distractions.

Dorsey allows you to create unlimited portfolios, with image captions, and project descriptions to inform your reader about your work.

Dorsey boasts a tree menu style that makes it easy for your readers to open your site navigation to locate the content they’re interested in. It’s also quite customizable, so you can change the colors, typography, and background color to suit your taste.

  • Scalable Images and Image Captions
  • Thumbnail Gallery View
  • Unlimited pages & portfolios
  • Customizable background color
  • Mobile friendly design
  • Cost – $100

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11 Evolutionevolution

Evolution is another powerful theme from Elegant Themes. Although not as customizable as flagship theme Divi, Evolution still has many features and options that are worth looking at.

Evolution comes with four unique color schemes that you can use. There are some options for customization: you can toggle features, adjust the layout, manage ads, and control the colors.

If you need to create more complex layouts, you can do so using shortcodes or the Divi Builder plugin.

  • Powered by Divi Builder, you can fully customize all elements with real-time design
  • Theme options for customization
  • Responsive design, compatible with the most popular browsers and mobiles
  • 4 unique color themes
  • From $89/year

Demo + Download

12 Portfolioportfolio

Portfolio has a clean, minimalist design that’s perfect for portfolios, blogs, or businesses.

This theme has many features that are essential to a portfolio site. Advanced portfolio filters, portfolio navigation, and the ability to modify the number of columns in the display are just three important features that it has.

Portfolio is also highly customizable with unlimited color options and typography from the Google font library.

  • Advanced portfolio filters
  • Social Media Integration
  • Portfolio Navigation feature
  • Mobile friendly design means your site looks great on all devices
  • Cost – $59

Demo + Download

13 Vanillavanilla

Vanilla is a simple, clean coded theme powered by the Genesis Framework.

It’s exceptionally minimal design puts the focus on your content, framed by plenty of white space. Customizable through the Theme Options, you can change your site to your liking with Vanilla.

And with extra templates available using shortcodes, you’ll be able to build your perfect site easily, without learning to code.

  • Theme options for customization
  • Designed to be responsive
  • Extra templates with shortcodes
  • Powered by the Genesis Framework (purchased separately)
  • Cost – $49

Demo + Download

14 Rouaroua

Roua is a spare and attractively minimal theme. It’s easy to use, and highly customizable. Optimized for speed, Roua is perfect for a portfolio, blog, or business site. You’ve got loads of customization options with full control over typography and color schemes.

Roua comes with the Revolution Slider equipped so you can make beautiful featured sliders for visual impact. This theme also boasts a portfolio post type, which is perfect for use as a portfolio site.

  • Revolution Slider equipped
  • Fully responsive and looks great on desktops, tablets, and mobiles
  • Portfolio post type
  • Social media integration
  • Cost – $64

Demo + Download

15 Rabiarabia

Rabia is a simple, elegant, and minimal theme that’s good for business, portfolio or blogs.

Fully customizable using Yellow Pencil (purchased separately), you’ll have access to the Visual CSS editor, Google fonts, unlimited color options, background patterns, and parallax background support.

Rabia also comes with portfolio support for gallery, audio, image, and video. So, it’s perfect for building an attractive portfolio that will impress your potential clients.

  • Fully responsive design, works on desktop and mobile
  • Fully customizable with Yellow Pencil
  • Multiple page templates
  • Portfolio support for gallery, audio, image and video
  • Social media integration
  • Cost – $49

Demo + Download

16 Adiosadios

Adios is a stylish and simple theme that’s perfect for portfolios and so customizable it could make a great blog or business theme too.

Adios boasts multiple page templates and post types. It has advanced layout options, that give you more control over how your site looks.

Using the Customizer framework, you can live preview loads of color, layout, menu, widget options, and more. And with Visual Composer included, you’ll be able to create any page layout you desire. There’re also 33 shortcodes included to give you even more flexibility.

  • Customizer framework for simple customization from color, layout, widgets, menus and more
  • Responsive design that works on desktop and mobile with equal ease
  • Visual Composer included to create any layout desired
  • Multiple post and page templates
  • Advanced blog and portfolio layout
  • Cost – $49

Demo + Download

17 Hipsteriahipsteria

Hipsteria is a clean and elegant theme that’s easily customized to your specifications. Hipsteria is highly customizable. You’ve got access to customize the colors and fonts of most elements.

With a flexible slider, you can easily feature your best images, or blog posts, to attract readers. And with a featured and popular post tab, you’ll be able to keep them on your site to read more of your best content.

  • Responsive design that works with desktop and mobile
  • Featured and Popular post tab
  • Various post formats and page layouts
  • Custom widgets – social icons, latest posts, custom ads, and custom styled MailPoet subscriber widget.
  • Cost – $39

Demo + Download

Wrapping It Up

The minimal trend is here to stay. The focus is truly on your content with a minimal theme, as there’re no distracting elements on the page. That being said, this list contains some impressive and attractive themes.

Let us know which theme has caught your eye!

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