Do you love to blog but don’t want a theme with bulky sliders and overloaded widget areas take up most of the space in your website? Chances are you’re on the hunt for a WordPress theme with a minimalistic design.

Indeed, a complex design isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But looking for a theme that provides optimum reading experience with an unobtrusive, high-quality design isn’t a simple task. You’ll end up wading through hundreds of themes. That’s why we’ve collected some of the best minimalist themes for WordPress for you to choose from. All of these themes make liberal use of whitespace and display very little, if any, post meta.

Clean and minimalist themes allow your content to stand out without unnecessary clutter or bloat. Any of these themes can even be further stripped down to meet your website needs. What’s more, these themes were put out for free by generous theme developers. Don’t forget to give kudos to them if you decide to download and use any of the themes!

Hellish Simplicity

Hellish Simplicity

This theme comes with a clean, responsive design that looks great on mobile device. You can easily update the header text via the customizer.

Spacious

Spacious is a multi-purpose responsive WordPress theme that’s best suited for businesses. It features 4 slider layouts, 6 templates, 5 custom widgets, 13 widget areas, boxed and wide layout, and light and dark skins. And the best thing is, it comes with free support – something that’s rarely seen in free themes.

Gravit

Gravit

Gravit is a clean and minimalist WordPress theme that comes with support for post formats and large featured images. It has a lot of customization options, including color controls for post format icons, site title, text and background. Gravit also features a unique About Me page design and template.

Padhang

Padhang

Padhang, meaning “bright” in Javanese, is a theme that features a large header image and a single centered column for content. The theme customizer lets you change the header, background and colors.

Lingonberry

Lingonberry

This beautifully-crafted minimalist theme for WordPress offers simplicity in design. It offers support for post formats, and features a search bar and a hidden top menu that pulls down navigation.

Casper

Casper

Casper is a clean, simple and minimalist theme inspired by the Ghost blogging platform. It comes with a large full-screen header and takes advantage of features exclusive only to Ghost, like markdown and the ability to quickly paste links to display images.

Wootique

Wootique

This free theme from WooThemes makes full use of all WooCommerce features. Every WooCommerce widget is styled to match the design of the theme. It also features a slider, custom header and widgets, and is highly customizable in the backend.

Aquarius

Aquarius

Aquarius is a fully responsive, retina-ready WordPress theme that supports all standard post formats. The sidebar widgets are hidden from view with a slideout panel. It has fixed navigation and is available at the top of the page as you scroll.

Mystile

Mystile

This lightweight and responsive WooCommerce-ready theme is designed as a canvas that can be used as is or as a basis for your own design to match your content. It comes with a plethora of options and alternate color schemes, as well as a custom homepage and custom shortcode.

TinyPress

TinyPress

TinyPress is a mobile-ready WordPress theme with bold headlines and focuses on readability. It comes with matching social sharing buttons, styles for galleries and quotes, and a hidden menu that pops open a full-page widget area when clicked.