Last year, we all saw a new trend of taking minimalistic approach when it comes to the UI design. This approach ensures that the website always stays on the lighter side, making it less server hungry and thus, achieving better performance score and good rankings at SERPs.

Now, the same trend is being followed further in 2017, and we’re having more options to pick from. WordPress is still number one choice to create a website, and it holds hundreds of minimal themes to pick.

This compilation I’m sharing here consists of the best minimalist WordPress themes, which are all available without any cost. Yes, free!

Let’s begin with the compilation and see if you can like any of the following free options.

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    CRAWFORD Theme

    12.3
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    Crawford is one of the best minimalistic free WordPress themes available to download. Perfect for personal bloggers, foodies or photographers thanks to the elegant display of the big beautiful feature …. Read full review
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    MinimalZerif Theme

    6.5
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    Zerif Lite is among the top 10 free WordPress themes of all time, and if you’re satisfied with the functionalities it offers, but wish to get a fresh makeover, then ch …. Read full review

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    Refur Theme

    4.3
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    Whether you want to run a simple business website or a simple blog, or a mix of both, Refur is a theme worth considering. You should check out its Demo to know how exact …. Read full review

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    Philomina Theme

    4.1
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    If you’re running a fashion blog (or planning to), then Philomina is the perfect free theme with minimal UI. The theme comes with support for big size photographs and …. Read full review

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    Gateway Theme

    3.3
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    Gateway is developed on Foundation and Underscores, two of the most popular theme frameworks for WordPress. As a result, your website will offer a smooth user experience for the visitors. You can use …. Read full review
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    Griffin Theme

    3.3
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    If you want to create a magazine base or a viral website, then Griffin is the template for you. It comes with a grid base design similar to Pinterest and is one of our most popular theme to date. And …. Read full review
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    Llorix One Lite Theme

    3.2
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    The first recommendation product from my side is meant to be used for creating a single page busi …. Read full review

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    Amadeus Theme

    2.1
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    Amadeus is a feature-rich blogging theme for WordPress. The simple, elegant design, and planned navigation will ensure that the visitors are enjoying a superior user experience. You can add links to v …. Read full review
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    Sauron Theme

    2.3
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    Our next pick is ready for multiple niches as it targets business profile, portfolio, online non-profile profiles, and even run a blog for personal or Read full review

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    Britt Theme

    1.6
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    Britt is a modern, simple blogging theme that allows you to create attractive-looking blogs or personal websites within a short period of time. The theme comes with a unique design and lots of interes …. Read full review
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    Prana Theme

    1.7
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    It’s the dream of every site owner to use a theme which is simple to work with and allows you the complete freedom to customize key features. Prana is a cool, simple and straightforward theme with a …. Read full review
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    Codilight Lite Theme

    1.6
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    As per the overall ambiance is concerned, Codilight Lite is the best and highly recommended theme from my side. It’s a product of a known developer with years of exper …. Read full review

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    Drento Theme

    1.6
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    It’s a theme with unique look and UI which always focuses on the images and stories. The theme holds a logo area on top, fixed at the center, followed by a Navigation …. Read full review

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    Fullscreen Theme

    1.0
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    The best use of Fullscreen named theme from GraphPaperPress is for photography niche. It can be used for other multimedia powered blogs or websites too. The main attract …. Read full review

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    SKT Photo Session Theme

    1.1
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    Studios and photographers require a good theme that can clearly highlight their portfolios. SKT Photo session has a highly responsive interface that enables users to view your images both on the compu …. Read full review
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    Editor Theme

    1.1
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    Editor is one of the best WP themes for creating blogs because aside from being a free theme, this theme is inc …. Read full review
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    Resi Theme

    1.1
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    Resi is a free portfolio theme for WordPress that is also suitable for photo blogging and heavy visual websites. Laid out in a grid layout to help your readers consume more of your content in an easy …. Read full review
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    SKT Full Width Theme

    0.6
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    Simplicity is the prime suit of this theme as it looks not just simple, but also holds a lot of easy to interact elements which increase the user experience by a noticea …. Read full review

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    Freedom Theme

    0.6
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    This theme is a clear example of ‘simplicity at its best.’ It comes with customization options which are compatible with WordPress native Live Customizer and is extr …. Read full review

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    Ridizain Theme

    0.6
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    Ridizain is a popular sleek modern magazine base off the Twenty Fourteen WordPress theme. It’s packed with lots of customization feature to help you create a website that’s tailor to your needs. With …. Read full review
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    AcmeBlog Theme

    0.6
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    The design of a magazine is the primary attraction and the UI offered by AcmeBlog is none less than a premium theme. It looks unique, elegant, and is easy for the eyes t …. Read full review

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    Woodley Theme

    0.6
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    It’s another top theme from our list of themes For Writers; it’s resembled default 2015 WordPress, a well-liked and widely recogn …. Read full review
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    GeneratePress Theme

    0.5
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    This particular theme not only works with BuddyPress, but is also compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress, allowing you to Read full review

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    First Mag Theme

    0.0
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    Don’t want to make your magazine look cluttered? Check out the Demo of First Mag free theme which follows minimal approach at the UI which still manages to give a proper …. Read full review

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    Nirvana Theme

    0.0
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    This beautiful WordPress theme could be a great choice for developing personal or professional websites. The highly customizable theme comes with more than 200 theme options to help you personalize th …. Read full review
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    Interface Theme

    0.0
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    Inspired by the flat design trend, Interface is another popular business theme. The trendy theme comes with a featured slider on the homepage. You can use the slider to display selected posts and page …. Read full review
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    Pinnacle Theme

    0.0
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    Coming from Kadence themes, Pinnacle is a flat WordPress theme with multi-purpose opportunities. You can use the theme to create corporate, business, personal, portfolio, or e-commerce sites. The full …. Read full review
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    Bravo Theme

    0.0
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    Bravo is a great template for marketers, bloggers, and creative individuals. It features a site-wide call to action which you can use to drive up your subscription, popular post and more. The design o …. Read full review
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    Activello Theme

    0.0
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    Activello scores impressively when measured in terms of convenience and flexibility. This theme has all the qualities a user would want their theme to have. The clean design of the theme, friendly use …. Read full review
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    Statement Theme

    0.0
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    Statement is the sort of what you see is what you get type of theme. It’s very basic but comes with all the functions you will need to have your Woocommerce powered website up and running in no time. …. Read full review
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    Kerli lite Theme

    0.0
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    If your plan is to share a lot of photographs, yes big sized, then consider checking out my next recommendation. It’s a free product, as you’re looking for, and come …. Read full review

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    Forceful Lite Theme

    0.0
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    The first thing that everyone is always looking out for in a theme is to find one that has rich features. Forceful Lite is a simple theme with many features clustered in a single page yet it has a bea …. Read full review
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    Finch Theme

    0.0
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    Finch is one of our most popular WordPress theme to date and for good reasons too. Like all themes created by us, it’s super fast, search engine ready and approved by the guys at WordPress.org. To get …. Read full review
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    FASHIONISTA Theme

    -1.0
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    As you can judge from the name itself, it’s for fashion niche, specifically. The layout fits …. Read full review

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    Viral Mag Lite

    -0.4
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    Viral Mag lite is a WordPress theme focused on boosting your website traffic and revenue. The site layout is built to help your post go viral, and it also maximizes your click through rate thus increa …. Read full review
36 Best Free Minimalist WordPress Themes 2018 Summery
NameEditor’s RatingPricing Model
Screen Portfolio Theme 3.6/5Open source
CRAWFORD Theme 3.8/5Free trail, Freemium, Open source
MinimalZerif Theme 3.4/5One time license
Refur Theme 3.9/5Open source
Philomina Theme 3.8/5Open source