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Beautiful WordPress Themes of 2014

There have been some truly gorgeous themes released this year.

Parallax continues as a trend, as does clean, flat and minimalist design. Though designers are becoming bolder and more experimental. Many themes this year have a great focus on typography and beautiful storytelling.

Below, I’ve compiled a collection of beautiful themes, all released this year. This list includes a range of themes suiting business, agencies, portfolios and photographers, as well as themes suiting multiple uses.

Have you come across any stunning themes designed, developed and released this year? Tell us in the comments below.



One is a gorgeous and responsive parallax theme with a clean and modern design.

It comes with a page builder, allowing you to create any number of layout combinations.

Other features include WooCommerce support, blog and portfolio layouts, support for post formats and video support.



Nibiru features a clean, flat and responsive design. This theme comes with a slick slider and unlimited colors, as well as 369 icons.

There are seven built-in custom post types, including galleries, slider title, portfolio, carousel, clients and team. More than 20 shortcodes are available to further customize the this theme.



Velcro is a grid-based theme great for photography, portfolio and blogging sites. It comes with 10 custom widgets, five widgetized areas, five post formats (image, audio, video, gallery, standard) and various home page layouts.

cvCard WP


cvCard WP is a responsive ajax enabled vcard theme with Sliding Horizontal Layout.

It features four predefined skins (minimal, flat, overlay and overlay bold). With is masonry grid and Ajax portfolio layouts, it’s great for showcasing your work.

Greenwich Village


Slick and simple, Greenwich Village is ideal for agencies and freelances.

It features a drag and drop page builder, unlimited color schemes with a one-click theme editor, an extensive options panel where you can customize the logo, favicons and colors, and video and post format support.



Icelock is a Medium-inspired (the old Medium design) theme with light and dark color schemes.

It features a responsive design and an unobtrusive sidebar menu. It comes with portfolio and team post types.



Lilith is a responsive, flat and flexible theme ideal for image-centric sites. It features shortcodes, a page builder, extensive theme options and a Revolution slider.

This theme offers powerful portfolio support, allowing you to choose between masonry, grid, striped or wall effect layouts.



Swipe is a fun business theme with a gorgeous responsive design.

It includes a Revolution slider, parallax sections, filtered portfolio and hover effects.



Orb is a tidy grid-style portfolio and blog theme for creative types. It comes with three easy to configure portfolio templates and a custom post type plugin for easy management of your content.

It also has a subtle parallax scrolling background and and intuitive mobile menu.



Krating is a beautiful blogging theme with a focus on mixed media and typography. More than 600 Google fonts are included.

It support post formats as well as custom CSS and Javascript, and comes with demo content.



Uppermost is a bold and multipurpose theme ideal for agencies, photographers and portfolios.

It comes with a Revolution slider and a magazine blog post interface. Visual Composer for WordPress is included.

There are three header styles – flying, wrap and fullwidth.



Heap is a cute and flexible theme with clean layouts. It comes with a powerful options panel and you can view many changes live using the Theme Customizer.

This theme has been optimized for speed and score 96 per cent on Pingdom Website Speed Test.



Sense is a responsive and multipurpose parallax theme perfect for businesses.

It comes with Visual Composer for drag and drop page building. It’s also translation ready, includes demo content and had advanced typography settings.



Quantum is a simple, minimalist theme with clean typography. It comes in a variety of layouts, including portfolio, agency, photography, full slider and dark skin. It also has three project post types – classic, case study and fullscreen photo gallery.

Other features include sliders, CSS3 animations, and dummy data.



This grid-based theme is perfect for bloggers and creatives. Gridify features four different layouts, built-in sharing, built-in ads, various shortcodes, and four custom widgets.

Unusually, it includes a built-in review system and you can add an infinite number of criteria and ratings using an easy and intuitive interface.



Athletica is a parallax one-page theme with a flat design. It features six stunning homepage layouts, including options for blogs, videos and images.

Other features include gorgeous jQuery and CSS3 animations, and integrated Instagram and Twitter feeds.



Ink is one of the most beautiful blogging themes I’ve come across in a long time. It focuses on beautiful storytelling with an emphasis on stunning images and typography.

It comes with multiple homepage layouts, background cover settings and CSS3 filters for post covers.

Crafty Hands


Crafty Hands has been designed for arts, crafts, music, courses and workshops.

It includes page templates (home, contact, shop, forum, courses, events, teachers, calendar) and four custom post types (teachers, courses, shop, events). It also comes with multiple custom widgets and metaboxes.



Photogenic is a photography theme with a strong focus on beautiful images. It includes Instagram integration, allowing you to display your latest photos.

Other features includes multiple layouts options.



OldPaper is a gorgeous magazine theme with a responsive design and a vintage twist. Built using the Twitter Bootstrap framework, this theme includes CSS animations, seven pre-defined skins, post format support (images, music, videos and quotes) and a robust options panel.



Brmsl is a bold and elegant photography theme with a grid-based design.

This theme looks great on large screens, and still looks fantastic on smaller devices. It comes with nine custom templates and options for typography, colors, labels, CSS and analytics code.



Light-weight and clean, Memento offers a one-page design ideal for online stores.

In includes Revolution Slider, Content Timeline and Front-end Builder. It’s also responsive, retina ready and features drag and drop page building.

Mr Tailor


Mr Tailor is a truly stunning eCommerce theme with a clean and minimalist design. It’s responsive, translation-ready and includes 650+ Google fonts, advanced theme options and easy setup with video tutorials.

This theme features parallax header images, a beautiful product categories grid and an optional wishlist.



Akin offers a minimalist design with a subtle parallax header.

It features a page builder, Ajax portfolio functionality, blog layouts and one-click demo content import.



Bridge is an eye-catching multipurpose theme with a responsive and retina-ready design. It features Visual Composer page builder, Font Awesome icons, unlimited colors and headers and parallax sections.

It comes eCommerce-ready and is ideal for agencies and online stores.