With minimalist, flat and even Google’s Material Design full swing, whites and bright colors are seen throughout the web. They’re used on some of the cleanest designs, but that doesn’t mean darker shades, such as dark gray, have completely gone the way of the dodo. Here’s a list of free dark WordPress themes. These themes use dark shades throughout their designs, particularly in backgrounds and headers. Let’s take a look at them.

Free Dark WordPress Themes

Pique

Pique is a simple parallax scrolling theme by Automattic. It’s a business theme that allows you to give an overview of your company on the homepage complete with services, team members, and your latest blog posts. It’s not necessarily a dark theme, but it uses full-width images for backgrounds, which you can take advantage of with dark images.

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Oblique

Oblique is a free “masonry WordPress theme.” It’s a stylish WordPress theme that uses a dark gray background and white content areas. It frames header images and your latest posts with sleek, vertical slants.

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ZBlackbeard

ZBlackbeard is a child theme of Zerif Lite, ThemeIsle’s popular one-page, parallax theme and one of the most popular themes available for WordPress. The parent theme uses a lot of whitespace, but this theme uses much darker tones, specifically grays and blacks.

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Zeal

Zeal is a minimalist magazine theme that uses sleek and fashionable styles. It features a dark and somewhat black background, though its content areas are still white. It also uses a header image complete with two calls to action followed by a grid layout.

Zeal WordPress Theme

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Muso

Muso is a niche-specific blogging theme designed for music. It uses gray tones for backgrounds and white for content areas. It’s compatible with SoundCloud and allows you to embed a SoundCloud playlist on the homepage. It also displays your latest posts in a variety of different ways, such as a slider and masonry grid.

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Tracks

Tracks is a simple, content-focused blogging theme. It uses a dark shade of gray for the background and white for main content areas. It also relies on images for its design, particularly in the grid layout on the homepage as well as the header image that displays at the top of every blog post.

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Magnus

Magnus isn’t necessarily a “dark” theme, but it can be if used properly. It’s a photo-blogging theme that relies on imagery for much of its design. This is most prominently seen on the homepage, which features a grid layout of your latest posts. You can achieve a dark layout by using dark images.

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Hitchcock

Hitchcock is a minimalist portfolio theme that displays your latest work in a grid layout on the homepage. It uses a dark header and dark social media icons. It uses a background image, so its darkness is entirely dependent on the darkness of the image you use.

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Gourmet Restaurant Responsive WordPress Theme

Bettaso

Provide your customers with a stunning restaurant menu and let them book a table directly on your website with an Appointment Manager. Make your restaurant site reliable for your visitors by showcasing your chefs, clients reviews, and services with Cherry Team Members, Testimonials, and Services plugins. A powerful TM Gallery will help you create a professional portfolio for your restaurant presentation.

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AZA Lite

AZA Lite is a one-page business WordPress theme. It uses a dark gray, transparent header and a dark gray, opaque background image. It also features a header section complete with a call to action and a row you can use to list your services beneath that.

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Bluestreet

Bluestreet is a child theme of Wallstreet, a multipurpose WordPress theme. Both themes use the same dark shades of gray for the header and background, but Bluestreet uses a somewhat sharper style. It uses a basic header and allows you to list your services and information about your company throughout the homepage.

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aReview

aReview is a review WordPress theme that uses various shades of navy blue for backgrounds and specific elements but a standard shade of white for content areas. It allows you to build a full review site complete with star ratings.

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Boutique

Boutique is a dedicated WooCommerce theme and a child theme of Storefront, WooThemes’ popular WooCommerce theme and a common default theme for the platform. It uses various shades of dark gray for the header and background and white for main content areas.

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Britt

Britt is a clean and chic blogging theme designed for fashion and lifestyle bloggers, though its style would suit food and travel bloggers as well. It uses a unique style that switches between black and white backgrounds as you scroll down the homepage.

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Scribe

Scribe is a minimalist blogging theme. It uses an opaque black background and white for content areas. It also uses headers that stretch across the page in fullwidth fashion. It’s a minimalist theme designed to place the focus on your content.

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Infinite Photography

Infinite Photography is a portfolio theme designed for photographers. It displays your latest themes in a grid layout on the homepage. The header and background use various shades of dark gray, but the content areas, such as the background behind the portfolio, use a standard white.

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MH UrbanMag

MH UrbanMag is a child theme of MH Magazine Lite, a popular magazine theme in the WordPress theme repository. The child theme uses a much simpler layout than its parent, consisting of a layout that displays your content in various ways. It also uses a dark gray background across the homepage.

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Willow

Willow is a child theme for Twenty Sixteen, the default theme installed with every new WordPress installation throughout 2016. Both themes use a black border that surrounds a white content area, but the child theme uses large header images for blog posts, which can extend the “dark” look if used properly.

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Destin Basic

Destin Basic is a simple WordPress theme dedicated exclusively to blogging. It uses a masonry grid layout to display your latest blog posts. It also uses various shades of dark gray for the background and header. It even uses the same background for content areas.

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ColorNews

ColorNews is a magazine theme that displays your latest articles in various ways throughout the homepage. It uses a dark gray background, black for headers and white for content areas.

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Synapse

Synapse is another magazine theme that displays your latest content in various ways across the homepage. It uses shades of dark gray in the header and a lighter gray for the background. It uses a standard white for content areas.

Synapse WordPress Theme

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Did we miss any other great Free Dark WordPress Themes? Let us know in the comments!


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Lyn Wildwood is a freelance blogger and avid WordPress user. She loves sharing new tips and tricks with the WordPress community.

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the list ! Will try Blog-O-Folio ASAP, seems to be great

  2. I was using DesignPile from this list but just had to ditch it due to pagination problems I was having. Replaced it with FireCrow from the list now. it’s not perfectly setup, but I really like it!

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