Did you know that a lot of the companies that make these awesome premium themes also offer free ones? Along with some generous top-notch freelancers and design blogs, free premium-like themes are being made available at absolutely no charge. Releasing these free themes is a great marketing tool to help drive traffic to their sites in order to generate more work or ad revenue. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!
So lets get to the good stuff. Here is a round-up of 40 Free Stylish and Versatile WordPress Themes for your new blog or fresh redesign. I did my best to stick to the newer themes available and also to not repeat myself from my previous collection of 51 Well Designed Free WordPress Themes.
Stylish WordPress Themes
Bueno is a clean, minimalistic design which just oozes sophistication in both it’s typography & structure. Stripped of all fancy design elements; the reader’s focus should be on the great content that you produce. Bueno is perfect for the regular (and not-so-regular) blogger.
Adii’s previous custom design for his successful personal blog is now available as a free theme. It’s simple layout, and clean color palette means easy customizations to this neatly coded theme on the ever-popular WooThemes framework.
Comes with 5 color schemes, a customizable sidebar layout, a powerful theme options menu and much more.
A vibrant personal blog theme with a colourful selection of styles, built on WooThemes flexible theme framework, boasting a selection of theme options, most importantly it’s FREE!
Matnik is a featured-packed and multi-colored free WordPress theme with TweetMeme retweet button. It has 2 columns, with an easy Options page for customization. Loaded with Social Bookmarks button, Twitter Account integration, Automatic Thumbnail Resizer without using a plugin or custom field, Adsense ready with lots of advertising blocks.
Slidely features Admin options, featured posts, 125X125 px adbox ready and much more. It has been tested with the latest WordPress versions and is compatible in IE, FF and Safari.
08. Rusty Grunge
Rusty Grunge is a simple WordPress theme yet still gives you the “destroyed” look. This theme utilizes a fully-widgetized sidebar and has been downloaded over 28,000 times and is featured as a pre-installed theme on Dreamhost’s default installation of WordPress.
Gallery is a beautiful, free, gallery-style Thematic child theme for WordPress, designed by Christopher Wallace especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. It is extremely flexible and can be used as a starting point for design galleries and portfolios.
A PagePress theme designed by Andrew Powers and Pagelines. Features threaded comments, a dark overall look and theme options.
Irresistible is a visually-rich personal blog, with a little bit of a multimedia focus. Incorporating some nifty video-options and widgets, Irresistible should meet all of your personal blogging needs. Just add your content to the mix.
13. Vector Flower
This theme is compatible with latest WordPress versions, ready for threaded comments and tested on various major web browsers. For better usability the widely used function PageNavi is integrated in this theme. There’s also a very nice built-in social bookmarkings toolbar in the bottom of every post.
14. Folio Elements
This is a very basic WordPress theme with a clean and efficient design intended to put your best content forward in a way that is enticing and fun for the user. If you are looking for post comments, pagination, categories, tags, widgets or anything else like that, this is definitely NOT the theme for you.
15. Seventy Five
The Seven Five is a semi-automatic “Lifestream” WordPress theme taking minimalism to an entirely new level. This theme is intended for those looking for a simple, efficient and clean solution for integrating all the services you have come to love such as Twitter, Flickr and more.
Multi-level dropdown menu, sidebar ad management, threaded comments and more.
This bold magazine 2-col-theme was designed with the main focus being on typography, grids and magazine-look.
18. Elegant Grunge
An unwashed yet crisp theme with a feature footer, styled image frames, a page template with a uniquely configurable sidebar and a photoblog tag page
Includes a widgetized footer, threaded comments and a nice brown color scheme perfect for environment and nature blogs.
Another theme provided by Smashing Magazine that has a unique, colorful design that will perfectly fit for your personal blogs and, if customized, can be a perfect fit for a unique magazine-style-blog.
This is an elegant theme designed with attractive color combination for blogers who look to make money online via ads. This theme is suitable for any niche. The theme layout is stylish and dynamic contents modules like, image slider, tabbed content area are built into it.
Magaling is a premium quality WordPress theme with Twitter status integration. Additional features include Featured Post Gallery, Feedburner Email Subscription, Popular Posts, Ajax Tabbed Sidebar, Automatic Thumbnail Resizer, Adsense ready with advertising blocks easily customizable via an Option Page.
A three-columned theme with fixed width and widget-ready.
24. Monkey PR
A stylish theme featuring large fonts in the sidebar.
This is a premium wordpress theme with the combined functionality of Portfolio, CMS and Blog Setup guide and required plugins Included.
A 2-column theme with various illustrations and icons.
27. Cardeo Minimal
A simple, minimalistic theme featuring a white and black, three column layout.
Imagination is a Fully Customizable WordPress Theme and comes pre-loaded with 9 different site-wide styles to choose from, with just a click.
29. The Clam Shell
The Clam Shell is a very traditional two-column theme with as little complicated features as possible, for those who want a theme to function as bare bones as it can.
It is minimalistic looking theme that will suit every company that wants to display its corporate image clearly and professionally. Web designers may use it for their online projects and offer their clients web sites with all premium features they will need.
It’s built under 960 grid system and packed with in-demand features such as featured post, dropdown menu, social bookmarks button, etc. This is totally a free theme as long as footer links must keep intact.
32. Basic Press
Four color schemes, dropdown navigation, featured post gallery, subscription/social profiles and much more.
Sharpfolio is a WordPress theme designed to enable Web Designers, Graphic Designers, Photographers, Motion Designers, Artists or any creative professional to showcase their work in a simple, clean, beautiful portfolio. Sharpfolio aims to focus primarily on your work, because after all, this is what’s most important.
f8 lite is a free theme for WordPress that can transform your Web site or blog into a fully functioning photography or multimedia portfolio Web site. SEO optimized, iPhone compatible, grid-based css, built-in Galleria support, slideshow-enabled, built-in multimedia support, auto or manual thumbnail control, Gravatars, plus much, much more.
Built on the Hybrid theme framework, it’s about getting back to the roots of blogging. About sharing our lives and having a little fun while we do it.
36. New York
A grungy/ urban styled theme complete with Twitter, RSS, Facebook and Delicious Bookmark buttons.
This theme was designed with the main focus being on typography, clean look and simplicity. Hopefully, you will be able to use it in your projects or at least use it as a foundation for your next projects.
38. Bold Life
Bold Life is 2 columns light, widget ready wordpress theme. For good reading. This theme entirely compatible with wordpress version 2.8 and is cut out under GPL license. *PSD Included
39. BlackPower Theme
This theme is totally widget ready, completely cross browser tested. A two column theme in a Black Wood effect and pastel colours on a translucent background.
Chronicle is powered with drop down navigation for pages and categories, a featured news slider, tabbed content area on sidebar and much more.