A Showcase of Great Looking Tumblr Themes

February 29th, 2012

Tubmlr has gained a lot of fans over the last 5 years, and with good reason. Whereas many blogging platforms are striving to add more and more features to their platform, Tumblr has stayed true to its microblogging roots by keeping things simple. This has resulted in one of the most user friendly interfaces available online.

And though it may be simple, it still has some great features. There are a wide range of post formats to choose from and you can automatically update your Tumblr page with your latest entries from Facebook and Twitter.

The Tumblr design can be changed in seconds through your Tumblr dashboard. There are over 1,200 free and premium themes currently available in the Tumblr Theme Garden. Today we would like to share with you 30 great designs from the ranks. You can install any of these themes easily through the customise section of Tubmlr. Enjoy!

The Themes

1. Vacant

A cool design that features a large content area for displaying images. Large fonts are used and the bottom of each post has been designed to look like a torn piece of paper.


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2. Showroom

Showroom gives the impression of notes being pinned on a wooden wall. The right hand side of the page has a sidebar with a great looking ‘about me’ widget displayed at the top.


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3. go CRAZY!!

A colourful minimal theme that uses green, pink and blue fonts throughout the design. Each icon is also a different colour.

go CRAZY!!

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4. Royal Ribbon

An elegant theme that has great typography and beautiful post icons. With only one content column, there is no space for any widgets or additional information, just the title and description at the top of the page. This minimal approach should appeal to quite a few users.

Royal Ribbon

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5. Griddlr Theme

A unique design that packs content into 3 columns. The top navigation area remains fixed as the user scrolls down the page. Clicking on the information link underneath the navigation area will bring down a menu with your profile details, a search bar and a list of the latest posts.

Griddlr Theme

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6. Hobo

An interesting design from British designer Mike Ballan. Your profile info and various links are displayed in a fixed left hand colummn. The main content area is split into 3 sections


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7. Pink touch 2

A conversion of the popular WordPress theme of the same name, Pink Touch 2 is an elegant one column design with beautiful typography. A search bar is placed in the header with navigation links in the footer.

Pink touch 2

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8. Color Shades

A multi colour one column theme that alternates the colour scheme in every post. There are around a dozen colour schemes to choose from via the colour picker.

Color Shades

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9. Postage

A mail themed design with a traditional 2 column blog layout. Profiles are posted in the sidebar with rss, random and archive icon links all contained in the footer.


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10. Panda Classics Recycled

A great looking one column design with beautiful typography. Posts are divided using colourful banners and the one column design makes it great for showcasing images.

Panda Classics Recycled

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11. Solaris

A premium one column design that has a cool navigation menu at the top of the page. To the right hand side of each post are the post icons and tags with the date the post was published on the left.


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12. Savory

One of the most feature rich Tumblr themes available. You could be forgiven for thinking that Savory was designed for WordPress or Drupal due its design and typography (powered by Typekit). Links to your Tubmlr RSS feed and archives are displayed at the top of the page with other content and navigation links being displayed in the sidebar. Social media sharing buttons have been integrated into the post area and it has support for Disqus too.


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13. Beckett

A clean minimal design that has a simple navigation menu at the top and sidebar at the right hand side. The large fonts make reading a pleasure.


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14. Juuvy

A fashionable design that comes with over 70 appearance options. The sidebar is on the left hand side though the content area can be divided using shortcodes. Posts can be 220 px, 500px or 780 px wide. This allows you to show 1, 2 or 3 posts in the main content area.


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15. Julia

Large fonts and big bright colours are used throughout this large one column design to really set it off.


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More Waiting for You on Page Two

You are well on your way, with half of the themes now behind you! However, don’t stop just yet, as the rest of this beautiful collection of resources is still waiting for you on page two.

Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog. He can also be found on Twitter: @KevinMuldoon.

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7 comments for „A Showcase of Great Looking Tumblr Themes
  1. Greg on February 29th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Hey there

    FYI, Hobo V2 is out


  2. Gonzo the Great on February 29th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Kevin,

    nice selection, but really missing one theme .. namely my free theme ;-P

    Official Tumblr Theme Garden item, so one-click for a new minimal typographic Tumblr theme, as easy as pie!

    Thanks for sharing, cheers & ciao ..

  3. Tom on February 29th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Nice collection. I really like the Solaris theme. I should use Tumblr more, it is a great platform. Does anyone here run their main Blog using this platform?

  4. Maria Wendt on February 29th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    These are a great collection of beautiful themes. I also side with Tom in wondering if anyone uses Tumblr as their platform for their main blog. Thanks for taking the time to put this together, Kevin.

  5. nimran89 on March 3rd, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    There is no need of any special technical skills to use these themes and you can easily and quickly post your images, quotes, videos, slide show, text or your photos. There is also an option to remove the original domain name and use a custom domain name. The Tumblr themes could be especially very useful for the internet marketers or the social media marketers as they are very unique and are steadily growing.

  6. Chandra Praksh Agrawal on April 20th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    What a great collection of themes – simple, interactive, expressive, presentation at it’s best.
    super likes for these themes.

  7. John Gibson on April 29th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    These are a great collection of beautiful themes. I also side with Tom in wondering if anyone uses Tumblr as their platform for their main blog. Thanks for taking the time to put this together, Kevin.