How should a creative theme look? If it looks attractive and trendy, is it creative? Is it simply a well-promoted product, or ‘just another WordPress theme’’? Let’s try to answer this question.
A creative theme is usually a matter of taste. Just like one people adore minimal sugar-free espresso and others always order Irish coffee with multiple toppings. Some can examine a world-famous Malevich’s ‘Black Square’ painting for hours considering it as the highest measure of creativity, others like to get lost in hundreds of shades of artworks of impressionists like ‘Impression, Sunrise’ by Claude Monet. The same with the web design, some stick to creative minimalism, others collect dozens of trendy features and implement them into their websites. Still either look must be also useful for the website visitors (intuitive and easy to navigate).
In general, the main goal of a creative theme is to be memorable. ‘Creative’ can also mean very elegant or simply very attractive. That’s why creative theme usually means either original unexpected look (can be reached with unusual layouts/fonts/color scheme/images) or a great combination of latest trendy web design features (card layouts, parallax effects, rich animation like hover and motion, flat design, etc.).
Some WordPress users choose a theme with creative demo images mistakenly equating them to a creative theme design. But remove that great designer image or stunning professional photo and you get a generic design in a result. Of course, if you have your own hi-res memorable photo to place instead, that can change the situation for the better.
In this roundup, I tried to gather the creativity for different tastes, which at the same time is useful for satisfying user experience. The combination of these 2 features will help you promote brand name and increase SEO rankings. Let’s do this!
If you are looking for a technically strong, feature rich and modern design for your site, H-Code is one of the best options for you. This theme is packed with tons of amazing features and options that will help you to create a stunningly modern design for your site.
It’s a multipurpose WordPress theme that you can use to create any kind of website you wish to create. H-Code offers a huge number of ready to be used demo templates to choose from, it’s over 57 to be specific and the number of increasing regularly.
In this collection of templates, you have some beautiful designs for the business site, some stunning creative designs which are custom made for creative sites, over 20 one-page designs, over 30 multipage designs. So, the collection is vast and created with different niche sites in mind.
You can select any one of the ready demo templates and take it ahead with your own customization. The powerful theme options panel offered by theme will make sure that you can easily update the details of your site and change them whenever you need.
You get the premium Visual Composer drag-and-drop plugin for free in the theme bundle that you can use to create your own custom design without writing a single line of code. This theme offers you over 200 very useful shortcodes so that you can easily insert any kind of functionality into your pages with just a click.
H-Code is modern, fully responsive and retina ready so that your site looks great on all kinds of modern devices be it a desktop or a smartphone. The developer is made sure that theme is well coded, lightweight and quick to offers a great experience to your visitors.
You can use this theme to create your own online shop as the theme is perfectly compatible with WooCommerce plugin. No matter what kind of site you create, H-Code will help you to get better ranking in search results as it an SEO friendly design.
Some really useful design features like built-in mega menu option, stunning parallax scrolling option, beautiful header layouts, unlimited color options, font icons, creative blog designs are some of the other highlights of this theme.
When we talk about creative websites, the one-page designs are a highlight in this niche. the one-page designs offers a quick and beautiful layout to showcase all your creative work and your details right on the homepage of the theme.
So, if you are looking for a top quality one-page design for your site, look no further because Brando has the potential to take care of it perfectly. Brando is a professionally designed, good looking modern theme that is perfect for any kind of creative site, personal portfolio site, freelancers, resume site, any agency, spa, photography site etc.
Brando comes with a number of beautifully designed ready to be used templates which you can use to create your site. These designs are created for different niche sites, you can select any of these designs and take that ahead with your own customizations.
In fact, you have a beautiful coming soon template as well that you can use while creating your site and make sure to attract new visitors even before you launch your site. All the templates are very easy to customize.
Also, you get the premium Visual Composer plugin in the theme bundle for free so that you can create your own custom layout for your site without writing a single line of code. You get the premium Slider Revolution plugin as well in the theme bundle to spice up your site with beautiful slides.
You have a number of header and navigation styles to choose from and make your site completely unique. The stunning blog layouts will make sure that your site looks awesome and your content is presented in a very professional way.
You can use the modern portfolio styles to present your content in an elegant way to make sure that you are able to attract more customers by showcasing your old work. The powerful theme admin panel that comes along with the theme is good enough to handle everything about your site quite effectively.
Over 100 amazing creative elements and bunch of shortcodes, you can have almost any kind of functionality on your pages. Overall, it’s a beautiful creative design that has got the potential to take your site to the next level.
Core is one of the creative themes by Themefuse. Probably the most creative one in their collection. The biggest ‘wow’ of the theme is a number of predefined layouts: you get 16 different demo templates with absolutely different looks within one purchased template. Any of these themes already look like complete websites so you may save tons of time during customization. The true meaning of ‘multipurpose’ theme, isn’t it?
The theme holds your attention with many smooth animations, an unusual combination of shaded images and texts, and a range of multipurpose content sections. Thanks to a contrast of full-screen and narrow sections, the theme design reaches high readability – very useful thing some creative themes are not able to offer, unfortunately.
Core is built on a custom Unison framework allowing non-tech users to build and customize website pages with drag-and-drop visual builder and tons of handy customization options. The theme is also WooCommerce compatible, so you can even sell anything with safe and popular tools.
Need more options? Core offers abilities to easily modify color scheme, Google fonts, customizable MegaMenu drop-down menu, built-in calendar with upcoming events, diverse Portfolio showcases, Contact form builder, support for Donations, BudyPress and BBPress plugins.
This theme is a deservedly included into many roundups as it’s among the 30 top-seller creative WordPress themes. You may choose any of 30 concepts (properly categorized prebuilt layouts), which is the most suitable for your taste and business needs.
Each available layout has its own authentic look and can be easily adjusted thanks to many useful plugins included into the theme: Visual Composer builder, Layer Slider, Revolution Slider, custom lightbox and many other.
You may change the hierarchy of the layouts via a user-friendly dashboard, create innovative grid layouts, choose from 6 menu types with advanced options and effects, and set up portfolio and blog template with any of pre-built layouts.
Uncode also offers an enhanced Media Library, which allows uploading any media file to your WordPress website.
Take a look at some of the layouts it offers:
Black and white solution for minimalism fans. The main standout of all predefined front page layouts (36 variants!) is a clean view, perfect readable fonts and hi-res images emphasis making it a perfect choice for portfolios of designers, photographers, and other creative projects. Stunning parallax and animation effects will make your website more smooth and dynamic.
With a full arsenal of customization options like premium Visual Composer plugin, the theme can be easily turned into a bright and colorful website.
You may also easily update Portfolio and blog layouts and custom widget areas by choosing from the already built ones for your needs. There are still a plenty of options you get: customize the menu with MegaMenu tool, import demo data in one click and apply unlimited colors. The theme is fully compatible with WooCommerce and WPML Multilingual plugins.
This is a great example of an elegance in creative web design for digital magazines. It’s very hard to make this type of a theme clutter-free and highly readable. But Voux is maximum intuitive and readable thanks to a clean background, successful fonts combination, and optimal layout hierarchy.
Same time, it looks very trendy and stylish to build a memorable comprehensive online magazine. The theme comes with 5 pre-made layouts for the front page to choose the most optimal for your needs. Visual Composer plugin for no-coding website updates is also implemented. The theme offers MegaMenu to quickly build your dream menu and a lot of specific options for niche websites.
Verve is something really fresh and stylish with thin lines, creative fonts, and absolutely stunning image-oriented layouts. The navigation menu can be hidden, which is very handy for the website users – it leaves more space for the website content and increases satisfying user experience. Verve is provided with video tutorials on how to customize the theme so it should be easier for you to get started.
Apart from built-in Visual Composer plugin, the theme offers an enhanced admin panel with over 100 options to allow you customize the theme styles and behaviors: color picker, image uploader, custom scripts and much more. One more great feature is a variety of Google Material Design icons you can use for the theme.
As for additional advantages, it is fully optimized for WooCommerce, MailChimp, Revolution Slider and Contact form 7 popular plugins. Setting up Verve should not be a complicated task as it offers 1-click installation of sample data.
Here are a couple of available layouts:
Who said that a blog cannot be creative? Flow is one of the newest blogs WordPress themes created to track your readers not only with quality texts but also with stunning website design, images and colors. With this theme, your blog can be presented as a trendy Masonry blog list combined with a handy vertical menu or as a standard blog list accompanied with a sticky sidebar and a water flow sidebar with smooth animation.
You’ll be happy to enjoy a variety of custom post formats like Audio, Video, Standard, Gallery, Link, Quote useful for proper blogging. Perfect theme for a creative personal blog. You may find the full list of features directly on the theme page.
One more interesting theme for creative bloggers, designers, and art lovers. Luisa is a minimal WordPress theme with unexpected menu design, elegant layouts, and light color scheme. You can easily customize any of these options to fully impress your creative idea. It’s loaded fast, looks sharp on mobile devices and is easily navigated – a perfect solution for both SEO and humans.
Luisa offers one-click installation of demo data so it’s clearer how to personalize the theme. Moreover, it supports Isotope and Masonry blog layouts, AJAX navigation to improve the overall theme usability and much more great features.
Art Gallery is a memorable WordPress template to build versatile art-driven agency or personal portfolio. Though the front page layouts are rather standard, the theme will win your visitors with a pixel perfect full-screen trendy slider, full-screen video support and highly readable black and white content areas like Portfolio with hover effects, logo line, Testimonials, contact form and Google map. Art Gallery theme comes packaged with MotoPress Page builder allowing you to build and update website pages directly on the frontend of your website.
One more plus, you can customize the menu without additional technical help using MegaMenu tool. The template is WPML ready and works with many WordPress plugins.
Genuinely the theme for creatives. A default template design is unique ensuring your site will be definitely memorable. Pretty Creative is a very elegant and fast-loading theme that can be easily adjusted to function as a photographer or designer portfolio, personal blog or whatever creative idea you have to share.
Technically, the theme comes with a fully widgetized home page, 6-page layouts, custom Archive page template, sticky navigation menu, expanded search bar in the navigation menu, support for WooCommerce. If you want to get this theme without Genesis framework offered by StudioPress, purchase it directly at Pretty Darn cute Design.
The theme has been on the market for more than 3 years, but still, remains very popular thanks to creative design and constant updates. It comes with many demos for you to see the possibilities of the theme (e.g. restaurant, blog, portfolio, creative agency, one page).
Customization process can be performed via handy header builder, Visual Composer plugin with multiple add-ons and Slider Revolution. The theme comes with RTL support, unlimited colors, 17 gird portfolio styles, 6 blog layouts, CSS3 animations, advanced typography, parallax effects and much more.
Great bonus, you can test drive the theme for free before purchasing.
Sk8er is a modern flexible WordPress theme that comes with 21 predefined front pages to realize any creative idea: from one-page blog to a restaurant or hotel website with the appropriate functionality and versatile creative layouts.
In addition, the theme offers 10 additional layouts for inner pages, so this feature should definitely save tons of time! Sk8er comes packed with full WooCommerce support allowing you to turn even your personal blog into an effective online shop. Visual Composer builder for no-coding updates is included into the theme as well.
Let’s count more options: Slider Revolution, 12 header options, customizable footer, unlimited colors, parallax slider options, Bootstrap framework, 4 blog layouts, 50+ pages sections, Google fonts, support for all post formats.
Kalium is a popular creative theme for professionals. It comes with an impressive visual attraction which is achieved thanks to balanced layouts, multiple unique portfolio styles to show your own one, lots of interesting hover effects, dribble portfolios, and clean professional color schemes.
Kalium doesn’t require any technical skills to be fully set up as you’ll have Visual Composer, Revolution slider, LayerSlider, and multiple shortcodes at your disposal. It supports 4 Portfolio Listing Types, 3 Blog Types, and 4 Menu Types. And even more, you’ll be able to work with hundreds of custom icons, Google fonts, multi footer styles, WooCommerce, one-click installer, creative Coming Soon mode, and full documentation.
Choco is a multipurpose theme perfect for various creative agencies, portfolios or any business website. Comes packed with 12 stunning front pages with complex and clean layouts with many trendy black and white color schemes. Customization tools let you control the customization process via the Redux options panel that allows you to update colors, logo, favicon, individual color settings, font options, and much more.
You are also free to customize a theme slider, maps, forms, blog and portfolio, social links, etc. The theme is integrated with Visual Composer to ease everyday updates. 7 header styles, Google fonts, awesome icons, parallax effects are available with Choco.
Apex is a high style theme that offers a uniquely intuitive interface and 6 colorful templates. This theme design wins the visitors thanks to a full-screen header, creative icons, and trendy color schemes. Apex is built with Bootstrap 3 making it fast and easy to use.
The theme includes a separate blog section with blog archive, single blog post pages and 5 post types – text, single image post, multiple image post, video post, and quote. 3 Ditty News Ticker extensions are also included. If any question appears, you may always address a step-by-step theme documentation and video tutorials.
Oshine is one of the top-popular multipurpose creative themes already chosen by thousands of WordPress users. It’s supplied with 23 different unique demo templates and is mostly used for portfolio and photography websites.
It’s very powerful in terms of functionality: handy drag-and-drop builder to create and update posts and pages, a toolkit of options to easily control each part of a website, 10 header templates, 5 menu layouts, 3 body and footer layouts, unlimited stylish portfolios, one-click demo data import, premium slider plugins, dozens of shortcode modules, WooCommerce and WPML support, video background, unlimited sidebars, child theme support, Google fonts, hundreds of custom icons, optional mobile visibility controls.
You’ll definitely find more great options, memorable template examples, and multiple customer reviews visiting the theme page.
Skrollex is a lightweight one-page theme designed to feature your portfolio or agency in a very creative way. It offers you a lot of options to build a memorable online presence: a lot of parallax effects, animated Parallax background, background video support (Youtube, Vimeo, local), full-screen menu, dark and light presets, unlimited colors, smooth scrolling, Font Awesome and Linecons Icons set, scrolling and hover animation, and much more.
With this theme, you can also test drive the admin panel and choose any of many layouts. It’s better to browse demos to see the uniqueness of the theme as it’s very dynamic.
Vika is a clean-looking flexible theme to create a memorable portfolio for freelancers and various agencies. Despite its visual simplicity, the functionality is very rich: you can even run an online shop thanks to WooCommerce integration, which will be very easy to navigate thanks to a clutter-free visual design.
To give you more customization power, the theme is supplied with an ability to edit the site with WordPress visual customizer, Visual Composer premium plugin with add-ons, Slider Revolution, Royal shortcodes to build stylish layouts, multiple portfolio layouts, multiple gallery types, Google fonts and advanced typography settings.
You can try Vika Customizer panel in action for free – just load the demo and click ‘Test Drive’.
This one is one of the great themes for any creative project. It comes with a collection of absolutely different unique demo templates to be able to suit any kind of a website from a personal blog to a shop or consulting business.
You can edit the theme with a drag-and-drop Visual Composer website builder, 90 portfolio layouts, 26 header templates and navigation styles, Revolution slider, and much more useful things to make your website unique. Choose from 26 predefined exclusive demo templates and start building your brand recognizable online Signature.
Here are just a couple of examples:
Node is a great example of a positive outlook in creativity as most of the default available page templates are very colorful and feature-rich though still clean and highly readable. Navigation menus are also very creative – you won’t see such on the majority of the websites (a great advantage to increase the UX).
Node offers you a full range of tools for proper and easy customization: Visual Composer builder, Revolution Slider, great shortcode collection to extend default functionality, 8 icon packs, image and video Edge slider, various animation effects, infographic shortcodes, multiple header behaviours, full-screen content blocks support, and tons of other feature you can check out in the Features list. Moreover, with this theme you can set an optional different logo for a mobile version.
Oslo is a creative full-screen solution for your WordPress website – it’s great for showcasing high-resolution images to be viewed in the smallest details. The majority of the website parts can be easily altered with a drag-and-drop builder, Slider Revolution, unlimited color scheme, Google fonts, styling options, etc.
It also comes with 5 custom page templates, 3 post formats for related options, ability to adjust footer and many other cool things. If you got some beautiful images with pixel-perfect quality, this theme will become your outstanding portfolio.
Volar is an example of a true fresh creativity which is expressed in extra elegant layouts, suitable fonts, and cutting-edge functionality with multiple custom options and fresh framework core. The theme is multipurpose so you are free to create a restaurant, barber shop portfolio or whatever industry you deal with.
With this theme, you’ll get a pack of useful plugins created by the theme developers (such combos are usually very reliable!) to personalize the website: Performance cache, File editor, Favicon, etc. The theme offers impressive parallax effects, sortable galleries, clean masonry blog, support for huge HD video and photo files.
Mostly all theme users notice that it’s very flexible and super easy to use. Go to demo page to enjoy many examples of creativity from FreshFace agency.
Cookie is a clean and sleek multipurpose WordPress theme with 18 different layouts, each with its unique concept. Customization process for non-tech users is possible with a handy built-in Visual Composer plugin, demo content, and full documentation.
You are to make your site more attractive and functional with parallax backgrounds, Revolution slider, and WooCommerce support. Building your website you can also choose from 4 one page layouts, 5 multi-page layouts, 3 blog and portfolio layouts, and 3 shop and Coming soon layout templates. All standard options like Google fonts and Google maps are also included.
Polar is one more multipurpose theme which can be called creative thanks to a diversity of interesting layouts and color schemes offered within 15 available demos. Constructing your own website look, you can choose from 3 portfolio layout styles, 4 blog layout styles, and build something really unique with Visual Composer WordPress builder plugin.
The following advantages are presented in the main feature list: on-click demo import, premium slider plugin, live preview options, WooCommerce compatibility, 8 header styles, built-in MegaMenu, WPML compatibility. A lot of the features are visualized on the demo page so you can see the theme possibilities with real examples.
Creative solution with an old-school web design tradition in mind. Outdoor is perfect for a personal portfolio of photographers or art lovers. Among all premium and standard features built into the theme, Outdoor offers 5 different style portfolio archive pages and 9 different style portfolio single pages (built using Visual Composer plugin), premium Isotope plugin, and full-screen background support. The theme is fully integrated with WooCommerce so you can even think about selling your PC crafts.
Hope, any of these themes will help you find your own way to be stylish and unique on the web!