Over the years we’ve featured hundreds of awesome Flat Design websites – but we’ve never really made any effort to try and help out visitors learn how to build their own Flat UI websites. The flat design trend has been going on for a couple of years at this point, and we’ve decided to put a bit more focus on more than just featuring great websites – we want to start providing the resources and knowledge that will help our visitors learn how to build great Flat UI websites and apps.
We’ve decided to kickoff this effort by curating a set of what we think are the best Flat Design WordPress Themes out there. Outside of looking for great visual layouts, we’re also looking for good functionality, flexibility, and user-friendliness. It seems like 90% of new websites that appear these days are built in WordPress – that’s why we decided to focus exclusively on WordPress for this article.
We hope that that you like our curated selection of the best flat WordPress themes, and we hope that you’ll give some of them a try.
If you feel like we’ve missed out on a particularly good theme, let us know in the comments section! We’ll be opening up the blog section of FltDsgn to comments, so you if you have any feedback for us here at FltDsgn, feel free to let us know how you feel in the comments below.
Also, if you have a great flat theme and would like to be featured on the site, you can email us at mail [at] fltdsgn.com or submit your theme via the submissions page.
Enough rambling from us – on to the themes. Here’s the list of what we think are the Best Flat Design WordPress Themes:
X – The Theme
X Theme is one of the most popular wordpress themes out there – it holds the record as the all-time fastest selling product on themeforest. X Theme can’t really be described as a single theme – it’s more like a set of four themes that you can then customize to your liking.
On top of 4 built in sub-themes (what the team behind X calls ‘Stacks’), the X theme also include a whole bunch of plugins that are fully built into the theme. The theme also comes with a built in set of shortcodes, a number of layout and navigation options, and is fully compatible with WooCommerce.
The thing that really sets X theme apart from the crowd is the Cornerstone feature – this feature is essentially a visual builder that allows those with less technical know-how to tinker with the front-end of their site without worrying about the back-end at all.
While the X theme isn’t limited to flat designs, it’s possible to build a near endless variety of flat design websites when using the theme, so we figured we’d include it in our list.
The Style theme will make both your website and gallery stand out. It has a versatile and eye-catching layout and the framework is highly responsive. The layout it simple and straightforward, and works great for sites that are image heavy. The Style theme is compatible with most third-party plugins, and includes comes with a number of useful features in the backend.
Angle is a bootstrap based, flat responsive theme. It offers fantastic flexibility – colors and fonts are fully customizable, and the theme comes with a visual composer, which makes designing layouts a breeze.
The Angle theme has built in shortcode functionality, and is fully compatible with WooCommerce for those of you who’re looking to put together online storefronts.
Angle also comes with a number of built in animations, icons, and it does all this without sacrificing on load times.
The Elos theme on Themeforest looks great above the fold, and is great if you want to direct your reader’s eye to a specific portion of the page. In addition, the site matches the definition of minimalism well, has a clean look, and is also able to maintain the feel of a professional website. The theme is simple, minimalist, and professional, and should work great for large and small businesses alike.
The theme is pretty customizable, and we believe that it would make a great choice for any business that focuses on providing a set of unique products or services to its customers. The Elos theme comes with a number of different layout options as well as built in gallery capabilities.
Less experienced WordPress users will feel right at home with Elos – the instructions/guidelines for the theme are quite comprehensive and the backend is simple and straightforward to use.
This eCommerce theme looks great – it’s is very clean and has a great user interface. If you’re looking to start (or redesign) your eCommerce store, the eCommerce theme gives you the ability to put out a site that looks as good as any large retail chain.
This theme is obviously specifically targeted towards folks who are working on eCommerce sites, and it’s packed full of features to that end. The eCommerce theme comes out of the box with wish-listing capabilities, a stepwise checkout process, and is fully compatible with WooCommerce, which makes is flexible for those who’re looking for more advanced functionality.
A theme from WordPress.org, Interface is one to consider if you like straightforward layouts without the need for lots of customization. It has many tools that may come handy as you build your website – numerous theme options, two site layout selections and five page templates. Interface also supports some of the most popular plugins (e.g. WP-PageNavi, Breadcrumb and Contact Form 7). This is a straightforward, clean, responsive theme, and is compatible with bbPress and BuddyPress if you wish to create a forum section for your website.
For those of you who tend to write long detailed posts or who like to present information in an orderly and logical manner, the Architect flat design theme may be a good choice to go with.
We particularly like the parallax effect – it’s visually interesting without being overbearing.
Architect is fluid and visually stunning, and comes out of the box child theme-ready (which provides good flexibility for web devs). The theme also comes with great support – you’ll get video tutorials that will help you get your site looking just the way you want.
Hempstead is another clean and striking flat theme that we’re big fans of. We reckon this layout would work best for business sites that are product-oriented (e.g. fashion and apparel, tech gadgets, art) – the simple, straightforward grid format is great for showcasing a business’s product selection.
The theme also looks great on mobile devices – it resizes well without compromising on visual quality, and it’s setup perfectly for mobile gestures (swipes, taps, etc). Hempstead is highly customizable and allows the user to display rich content using a range of different layouts and effects – it comes with two layout style options, three column types, four animation choices, and a number of other useful features.
This theme is well-suited for blogs and news-related sites. It includes an Authorbox that lets you add a biography and photo of the author of the posts – a particularly useful feature for websites that have featured guest posts or multiple author. Many authority sites utilize this kind of feature to ensure that authors get full credit. It also has a related articles/posts function, which helps encourage users to stay on the website – this can help lower bounce rates, increase times on site, and build audience loyalty.
TruePixel is fully responsive and is Schema-integrated (great for SEO).
Bloc is a minimalist, flat theme for portfolio-style sites. It’s suitable for any site that is image heavy. Whether you’re looking to display a product catalogue or you’re building a portfolio site to feature your photography or design work, the Bloc theme will allow you to allow you to showcase your work in a clean, minimalist setting that puts emphasis on the images themselves.
The theme is fully responsive, comes with a built it visual composer, and gives you great flexibility with your page layouts. It’s also fully compatible with WooCommerce.
The Bloc theme provides a stylish, clean, minimalist setting for businesses and individuals to display their products or their work.
Kyte is a responsive, flat theme built with Bootstrap. It’s suitable for both one page and multi-page sites, and it’s a good fit for creative agencies and freelancers who want to showcase some of their best work on a simple,clean, modern design.
The Kyte theme comes packaged with revolution slider as well as a popular shortcodes plugin. You can build your site with the drag & drop functionality, and the portfolio page layouts are flexible, and you can choose how you want your portfolio to work – gallery/slider style, lightbox style, or showcase style.
The theme also comes with flexible color options, a large number if icons to choose from, and a good range of page elements.
One feature that we particularly like is the filterable portfolio – you can set your portfolio section/page up so that visitors can filter your work down to the specific style/type that they’re looking for.
The Report theme is a professional looking theme that uses a layout that is very popular among news reporting sites, it bears some resemblance to popular news sites like the BBC website or Buzzfeed. The theme has a Lightbox feature that makes it easy to present media-rich content to readers. It also has a moving ticker box feature to help highlight the latest content. Anybody who’s looking to put together a news-style site should definitely take a closer look at the Report theme.
Loma is a beautifully crafted, responsive flat theme that’s best suited for blog-style sites (e.g food, fashion, travel, arts and craft, etc.)
It comes with flexible layout options (grid/column layouts, 2-5 columns, masonry or standard grid) and a number of different styles.
There’s also a built in feature that makes it a breeze to create great looking lists. Loma also comes with a number of navigation options, and has built in slider and parallax functionality.
We like the Spike theme because it has great flexibility – it comes with 9 different homepage layouts to choose from, a built in review plugin, and four different pagination styles. It also has a built in related posts function. The Spike theme is user friendly and is flexible enough that it would work well for a range of website styles.
Another thing that we like about the Spike theme is that it has 350+ Icon Fonts built in – this makes it easy for users to implement icons into their work without having to scour the web for suitable icon packs.
Flato is a very simple one page Flat Design WordPress theme that makes it a breeze to put together a great portfolio site. If you’re looking to build a great one-page site, the Flato theme is an outstanding choice.
The theme allows you to choose between a parallax, slider, or video background for your site header. Flato also has a great set of customization options – fonts, colors, and icons are all customizable in the theme options.
We reckon the Flato theme is a great choice for creatives like photographers and designers. It would also work well for service based businesses and agencies that want to present a single, cohesive story to their customers without a lot of clutter.
The SociallyViral theme uses a grid system, and has a number of built in features that encourage social sharing. The theme should work great for any viral-style site, and is also suitable for image heavy blogs (e.g food blogs, travel blogs,etc).
The theme has a built in review function that enables users to review posts, and star ratings for posts can be turned on and off as the webmaster chooses. and show the star-ratings in a manner that is easily visible and can entice readers to have a further look into the contents.
The SociallyViral theme is also very customizable – for example, users more or less have unlimited flexibility with sidebars and widget positioning – this feature should make it really easy for users to get the layout exactly how they want it.
The Good News theme is a fully responsive, news/magazine style theme that will allow you to focus on content rather than design.
The user interface is straightforward and easy to grasp, and the folks behind Good News make a point to stress that the theme is beginner friendly.
The theme comes with a built in visual composer. Also, one feature that we really like is that the theme comes in with a built in ad system – this allows users to position ads exactly where they want without having to look for plugins or mess with php files.
The theme also comes with a built in review system, and it has a number of layout/navigation options. It also comes out of the box with customizable colors and built in short code functionality.
Loom is a multipurpose, flat, responsive theme that works well for a range of site styles. Loom is built with Twitter Bootstrap and comes with a built in Drag & Drop Page Builder.
The minimalist design is easy on the eyes, and is fully responsive across all devices. Users can can mix and match different page elements (sliders, grid, content boxes etc) and the theme is fully customizable in terms of coloring and has a large number of font and icon options available.
The theme also comes with a built in image cropping feature, and it also allows you to build great one page sites if you so choose. Social sharing buttons, parallax images, and WooCommerce compatibility are some other useful features that come with the Loom theme.
The Ken is responsive theme that is suitable for businesses and startups that want to deliver a single, straightforward message to their website visitors without a lot of extra fluff.
The theme comes with 12 header scenarios, and has a number of available choices for intro and slider transitions as well as a number of navigation, and pagination options. The Ken comes with a built in visual composer
One thing that we particularly like about this theme is that it come with a wide range of base ‘templates’ – this makes it easy for less technical folks to put together a great looking site without too much fiddling with back-end options.
The Ken also comes with a wide range of page elements that make it easy for a user to customize their site, and the theme is WooCommerce compatible and comes with shortcodes and 600+ built in icons.
The Shadow theme is an elegant, responsive, multipurpose flat design theme that has a number of useful built-in features.
The theme has a built in visual composer and comes packaged with the revolution slider plugin. It’s compatible with WooCommerce, and comes shortcodes built in.
The theme comes with five portfolio styles and three different blog layouts. We’ve also heard that the support for this theme is also excellent, so that’s another thing to take into consideration when looking at the Shadow theme.