Free Tumblr themes: 10 of the Best Elegant themes

After very recently haven sold the company for a whooping $1 Billion to Yahoo!, Tumblr has left behind an internet legacy for Yahoo to take care of, but that’s an altogether different story. Tumblr was the brainchild of the college dropout David Karp. Although Tumblr didn’t manage to make much money in revenues apart from their investor funding, it did catch the attention of millions of users online. Tumblr themes are also now widely in demand, given their number of blogs and readers.

Tumblr consists of tumbleblog’s and according to Wikipedia:

“It is a  microblogging platform and social networking website, owned and operated by Tumblr, Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private.”

So, basically Tumblr is another simple blogging platform and has a wide user base and readers. At the time of writing, Tumblr have 124.8 million blogs, and it is one of the popular blogging platform in U.S. It may lack many features which we get on self hosted blog, but still it has an interesting demographic and userbase.  So it makes sense that your tumblr blog should look and feel good in the eyes of your readers. There are many premium themes out there for Tumblr blogs, but what if you get the best for free?

Here I’m sharing some of the best free Tumblr themes, which gives you the look and feel of paid tumblr themes. I’m sharing only 10 such themes here, and if you happened to know more free once, do share it via comments.

10 Simple & Premium like Tumblr themes which are free

Fluid Neue

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With over a million installs, it is Tumblr’s most popular theme. Fluid Neue features totally rebuilt audio and photo-set mechanics, upgraded framing and shadows, integrated Twitter, Instagram and Flickr feeds, and the slickest share widget ever made. One of the best FREE tumblr theme and the one I would recommend very first to anyone looking for a free tumblr theme. The theme features slick sharing feature on its side that adds the grace to your blog.


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Watercolor tumblr theme

Watercolor is a simple yet elegant subtle Tumblr theme. This is a no-nonsense theme with watercolor pastels and clean and beautiful layout. Watercolor is an ideal free tumblr theme for anyone feeling creative and yet keeping things simple. A good theme with more whites and clean typography.

Color Shades

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Color shades

Are you fed up of the plain white spaces around your great content? Color Shades is the right fit for you. Color Shades even offers you to change the color scheme with a floating widget at the top right corner. This is a unique free Tumblr theme that makes your blog stand out without spending a dime.


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Plaid theme for tumblr

Plaid is another free tumblr theme that is for those who don’t like much white spaces. The theme features a tablecloth like layout in the backdrop that gives it a much Hippy feel and looks. Bring out the hipster in you with the Plaid tumblr theme.


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tumbler layout

TumbleDesk is a great cool free Tumblr theme. The backdrop, as it can be seen pictures a clean work desk with all the needed elements and yet makes the look and feel at the best. The theme also features a clean typography and it would add more spice to your tumblr blog.


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Vertigo theme

Vertigo is a quirky, fun, single-column theme inspired by the work of Saul Bass, Art Goodman and Dave Nagata. This theme has its inspiration drawn from the poster of the classic Vertigo film by Alfred Hitchcock. It’s free, and has one main configuration option: a single accent color used throughout for title, link and graphic treatments.


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ultralite tumblr theme

Ultralite is one of the most minimalist Tumblr theme around, with simple white background and subtle fonts. This theme’s typography complements such clean designs very well.

Bus Full of Hippies

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Bus full of hippies

One of the best tumblr themes with flowers, leaves and grasses sprawling out of your posts, giving it a very natural and green feel. Go green and get your blog a fresh feel.


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esquire tumblr theme

A clean and simple free Tumblr theme directly inspired by the Esquire magazine. Esquire is colorful, more typography focused Tumblr theme inspired by the design of Esquire magazine. There are several configuration options, including the option to select the three accent colors used throughout the theme.


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Simple tumblr theme

Observer is designed to focus attention on your photos, text, and music. Observer is another great looking Minimalist Tumblr theme that focusus much on the typography, images and videos. A responsive layout, two headers and lots of customizations, you can’t ask for more!

So which one of these tumblr templates you liked the most? Also, if you know of other good themes for tumblr, do share it via comments. Don’t forget to blog about this post on your tumblr blog and share it on Google plus and Pinterest.

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A Shouter whose articles got mentions from the likes of The New York Times, Kissmetrics and AllTopStories. He writes articles, novels and poems; spends most of his time reading everything he could get his hands on. Srikanth is currently pursuing his Masters from The University of Illinois and holds a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He is a programmer, a motivational writer and speaker.


COMMENTs ( 9 )

  1. Ravi Singh says

    Yes, I got what i am searching for Plaid Love this theme. thanks Srikanth AN, Keep Sharing themes like this. But these days tumblr is restricted can you tell me why?

  2. Narender Chopra says

    Freemium is always appreciated. Thanks for these awesome Tumblr Themes bro. I am using TumblrDesk on my Tumblr blogs.

  3. says

    Hi Srikanth,
    Nice post with awesome themes. Super collections, thanks for sharing. Keep it up. I need your reply, which is the best one for website creation WordPress or Tumblr?

    • says

      It actually depends on what you need, Vinay. WordPress would be much better for blogs that would need a deeper functionality as it is very extensible given its big repositories and developers. Tumblr would be better for a blog with simple and not requiring too much features and functionalities. Hope that answers your question.

  4. Murtaza Nimuchwala says

    Thanks Srikanth for the beautifully tumblr Themes, Still many of the social Bloggers use Tumblr for expressing their Views, This will surely help them to enhance creativity of their Tumblr page