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45+ Best Tumblr Themes For Your Inspiration

June 11, 2013  //  By:   //  Web Design  //  6 Comments

Using one of the best Tumblr themes is vital in establishing an online presence on Tumblr. Whether you are a professional artist, a social media tactician, a web developer or a graphic designer you need an online platform for showcasing your best pieces of work. There are multiple viable options available such as WordPress.com, About.me, TypePad, Blogger and more. However, if you want to have yourself established online easily and quickly with a wide choice of stunning themes, Tumblr is a good choice.

With more than 100 million blogs, Tumblr is one of the big players. It is a microblogging platform that allows users to post short blog posts or tumblelogs. Tumblr is somewhere between the ultra short Twitter posts and a regular blog. You can post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to your tumblelog, and with the right Tumblr theme, your tumblelog can easily be transformed into a stunning online portfolio.

To help you get started, I have compiled a list of 30 best Tumblr themes. Some of these themes are free while others are paid versions. Free tumbler themes are in most cases as good as premium versions. It is a matter of taste actually. However, If you like to have dedicated support this is most prevalent with paid themes.

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Photographica Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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Photographica is a minimalistic and clean portfolio Tumblr theme that is perfectly suited for photographers and other creative professionals. It’s easy to customize and will help you showcase your work.

Bloq – A Blocky Portfolio Theme for Tumblr – MORE INFO

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BLOQ is an stylish portfolio theme for Tumblr. It is a perfect theme for designers and creatives that want to showcase their portfolios. BLOQ features different layout options: a filterable portfolio grid, a touch optimized image slider, dark and light preset skins to get you started, and much more!

PULIRE – Responsive Multipurpose Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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PULIRE  multipurpose theme for Tumblr is a minimal template that will allow you to easily change the overall appearance of your blog/website. It has a variety of custom options that makes it easy to customize it for your needs.

FLAT – Responsive Business Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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FLAT is a multipurpose business theme for Tumblr. It has a minimal design and you can easily change the overall look of the theme. It comes with a image slider, featured icon boxes, product box (long text + image), twitter feed widget and more. It is possible to change colors for most elements! FLAT supports following post types: text, photo, photoset, audio, video, quote, AMA, chat and link.

Ellisium – A Business Minded Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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ELLISIUM is a style business Tumblr theme. It has a clean and simple design that is suitable for a small business website/blog. The theme has a customizable and responsive homepage slider. It also has a “call to action” section, a smart sticky sidebar and much more.

Gridly – Reponsive Portfolio Template – MORE INFO

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Gridly is a light & minimal template that has a lots of options & functions to show your content in a professional way. It is fully responsive and features a beautiful and easy to use post filter system. The theme supports all tumblr post types & has built in Disqus commenting support + social sharing.

CityBridge — Retina Tumblr Blog Theme – MORE INFO

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This is a very elegant theme with a nice fullscreen image background. CityBridge has beautiful typography and it supports all seven Tumblr post formats.

FRESCO – Responsive Multipurpose Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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FRESCO is a retro inspired theme for Tumblr. It is a multipurpose template that can power up almost any kind of Tumblr-website. It is a highly flexible theme with lots of customization features – change logo image, place photo in header, change background (image or color). The theme supports relevant post types: text, photo, photoset, audio, video, quote, AMA, chat and link.

Supple – A Portfolio Theme for Tumblr – MORE INFO

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SUPPLE is a versatile portfolio theme for Tumblr by Pixel Moxie. SUPPLE is aimed at creatives—designers, illustrators, photographers, video artists—and allows you to display your work in a grid-like fashion, flexibly enough so you can define the aspect ratio of your thumbnails: from landscape to portrait, including square and anything in between.

Luomo – A Responsive & Expressive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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Luomo is an modern Tumblr theme with an expressive, responsive design. It is designed to display your media at its best. With Luomo, you can tailor each post to complement the way your content looks and feels. Luomo adapts to the screen size of the device you’re using to view—your content will look awesome on any device.

MetroFolio – Clean Portfolio Style Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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MetroFolio is a clean portfolio style Tumblr theme made for creatives out there, whether you be a graphic designer or product designer. It’s been made to have a portfolio look for a professional presentation of your work.

Domericano – Minimal Blog/Portfolio Theme – MORE INFO

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This is a minimal, stunning and clean Tumblr theme that utilizes Masonry effect and optional endless scrolling. It is easy to install and ideal for all kinds of portfolios and blogs.

Block Digital Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Block-Digital best tumblr themes

This theme has solid black lines on a white color, which will highlight anything you want.

Pierre – A Super Clean Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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This is a simple and clean Tumblr theme. It is easy to customize and it supports Disqus, Flickr, Twitter, Dribbble, Instagram, Google Adsense and Google Analytics. Pierre Theme is responsive and it looks great on mobile devices (Android, iPhone, iPad, Desktop, etc).

MUZA – Categorized Portfolio Theme for Tumblr – MORE INFO

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This modern portfolio theme support all post types. It is very customizable. Up to 6 categories with custom color, name and even layout for each of them. Assign items to categories easily with post tags. It features a big slider with up to 6 slides. Each slide can have different style. Other cool features: Ajaxed pagination, Responsive layout, Lightbox for images on permalinks, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and Dribbble widgets, Social link icons: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Behance, LinkedIn and Dribbble (+ more will be added in the future, based on customers requests), Google Web Fonts and more.

Cooking Monster – Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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Cooking Monster was designed especially for any kind of cooking maniacs, but it may be also easily transformed to be used for any other purpose.

Stevie – Clean & Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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Stevie is a clean & responsive template for a tumblr blog. It comes with a beautiful image slider & lots of social features built in including post sharing and disqus commenting integration.

Radiant – Responsive Theme for Tumblr – MORE INFO

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This responsive theme for Tumblr has a nice design and good features. Retina icons for a clean display on iOS devices, All posts types supported, with responsive photoset layout, Custom colors with infinite combinations, Custom Google fonts, Social Links, Disqus Comments and Twitter widget

Memoir Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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Memoir is a Premium Tumblr Theme that boasts awesome typography. Let’s face it, it’s time to get back to blogging and Memoir is ready to do that. Plus, it’s also responsive and Retina Display ready. When reading on your iPad, posts in Memoir Tumblr look like a native app.

Flight – A Clean & Responsive Template – MORE INFO

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Flight is a clean & responsive template for a tumblr blog. It comes with lots of social features built in including post sharing and disqus commenting integration. Flight supports all post types and has a built in twitter feed.

The Catalog Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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The Catalog is a simple yet very complete Tumblr Theme focused on getting all your photos, text, videos, audio in a catalog-like format. All posts are showed as thumbnails and you can see more by clicking them. It’s a responsive theme that works well in different screen sizes. It has a slider that fetches posted photos based on a special tag.

Pandemonium Magazine – Tumblr – MORE INFO

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This is simple and aesthetic Tumblr theme. It’s easy to customize, almost without any knowledge about programming. It can display all types of articles, such as photo, audio, video, text, quote, chat or link. It supports many features, e.g.: Flickr, Twitter, Google Analytics, Disqus, custom slideshow and more. Indeed one of the best Tumblr themes.

UltraTiles – Customizable Magazine Style Theme – MORE INFO

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UltraTiles is a minimal tile based theme with a magazine style post layout. It has a huge array of features so you can customize the theme how you like.

Silent Alley – Responsive Multi-Color Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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SilentAlley is a cool Tumblr theme with three color styles included. It’s support full screen background image and you can change it easily, so I think it’s suit for photographer,artist or designer use.Meanwhile, you can change some parts of color,e.g. Links color, article title background and so on, it’s unlimited color.At some level,it’s not confined to that three defined styles, you can try your plenty of imagination to customzie this theme.

Color Shades Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Color-Shades best tumblr themes

If you do not want to look at white spaces anymore, you can use this fun slider. It would even allow you to choose a color palette from a widget that floats.

MetroFolio – Clean Portfolio Style Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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MetroFolio is a clean portfolio style Tumblr theme made for creatives out there, whether you be a graphic designer or product designer. It’s been made to have a portfolio look for a professional presentation of your work.

912px Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

912px best tumblr themes

This is one of the clean tumblr themes free for download. It is stark, classic and solid. It features a scroll that highlights your profile.

Heterotelic Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Heterotelic best tumblr themes

This is a 2 column theme that features an image slider banner, DISQUS comments, social icons for profiles and social share icons for every post among others.

Fredrik – An Adaptive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

fredrik best tumblr themes

This is a Tumblr theme that features a grid based index page, a classic index blog based page and others.

Ipsemet Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

ipsemet best tumblr themes

If you like a lot of air around every post, this theme is for you. the title has a pop of color in a gray background with drop shadows.

Optic Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

optic best tumblr themes

This is a responsive theme for Tumblr that is ideal for all kinds of blogs and features a masonry jQuery plugin. It is ideal for showcasing artworks with the emphasis on posts.

Rapture Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Rapture best tumblr themes

Rapture is ideal for personal blog, business blog, group blog, portfolio – just about anything. It has an image slider that you can use for showcasing your best creations that can be switched off if you do not want it.

The Stitch Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

The-Stitch best tumblr themes

This theme is unorthodox but creative. It has plenty of fabric textures and showcases your contents in an accordion menu.

Orson – A Clean Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

orson best tumblr themes

This is an adaptive and clean theme for Tumblr that aims to present your content on all devices. Orson is highly customizable.

Mason – A Masonry Inspired Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

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This is an adaptive theme for Tumblr that aims to present your content in any device with a view based on masonry.

Pop Gallery Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Pop-Gallery best tumblr themes

This is Tumblr theme that is ideal for galleries, visual portfolios and handcraft shops. It allows unique thumbnails for sold, reserved and new items to be presented.

Watercolor Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Watercolor best tumblr themes

If you want to have some colors in your header, you can try this Tumblr theme. The suggestion paper texture could do miracles to your contents below.

3xistence – Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

3xistence best tumblr themes

This is a theme that was designed specifically for showcasing your stunning images in high resolution. It also works on mobile devices.

Boxes Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Boxes best tumblr themes

This theme is designed in grid style. Its raised tiles keep everything classy.

Timeline Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

timeline best tumblr themes

This is a premium theme for Tumblr that was created for viewing your tumblogs in timeline style. It is ideal if you have an enjoyable and active lifestyle.

Notes – A Clean and Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Notes best tumblr themes

This is a responsive theme for Tumblr that took its inspiration from note paper. It has support for all kinds of Tumblr posts.

Boston Polaroid Free Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Boston-Polariod best tumblr themes

If you have a number of high resolution images to show off, this theme is for you. this theme will hang your creations in a fine wide canvas.

Squared Magazine – Tumblr News / Magazine Theme – MORE INFO

Squared-Magazine best tumblr themes

This theme was designed to provide a great magazine feel to your tumblogs. It featues all kinds of magazine functions such as widget, related posts and latest articles.

Castles In The Snow (Free) – MORE INFO

Castles-in-the-Snow best tumblr themes

This is a grid style Tumblr theme that combines diagonal textures and bold lines. Perfect for keeping your posts popping out of the page.

Focus – A Minimalistic Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Focus best tumblr themes

This is one of the best Tumblr themes that is adaptive and minimalistic. It aims to present contents without the clutter on any device.

iPad Interface (Free) – MORE INFO

iPad-Interface best tumblr themes

This theme will provide your readers with an interactive experience that tunes in with a touchscreen menu.

They’ve Gone Plaid (Free) – MORE INFO

They've-Gone-Plaid best tumblr themes

This theme presents chunky texts on a plaid and subtle background. The plaid colors can be customized.

UltraMnml – Clean & Responsive Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

UltraMnml best tumblr themes

This is a responsive, minimalistic and ultraclean Tumblr theme that was created for power blogging. It has support for all post types and ideal for all kinds of Tumblr blogs. UltraMnml is also responsive you can also use it on mobile devices.

Vision Tumblr Theme – MORE INFO

Vision best tumblr themes

This theme is perfect for agency, business portfolio or freelancing. It features a home page post contents snippet so you can present more at one time.

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6 Comments to “45+ Best Tumblr Themes For Your Inspiration”
  • Raman
    February 18, 2013 - Reply

    Amazing collection of themes, i like timelines because of its reponsiveness

  • Rehana Shaikh
    February 21, 2013 - Reply

    What a great theme collection!
    I have tweeted it and wrote a special review on your article about Tumblr themes at Best Tumblr Themes.
    Thanks and Regards

    • Anders
      February 21, 2013 - Reply

      Hi Rehana
      Thanks for sharing our article. I am very pleased that you like it.
      Kind regards
      Anders

  • Rehana Shaikh
    February 22, 2013 - Reply

    You are welcome Anders,
    I am a loyal reader of your blog.
    regards

  • Shakespeare
    May 6, 2013 - Reply

    Great list!
    Check out our premium Tumblr Theme Benvolio we made at ShakespeareThemes:
    http://goo.gl/9OIJM

  • Anders
    February 23, 2013 - Reply

    Hi, Thanks for positive feedback.
    Kind regards
    Anders

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