Clean, modern responsive WordPress themes for 2014

Published on: Updated: March 26, 2018

We often do WordPress web design projects in which we build a WordPress website using a premium off-the-shelf theme. Before researching suitable WordPress themes, we always listen carefully to what the client is looking for. This helps us to find themes with the right features, as well as their desired look and feel.

Every web design project is different, but there are some things that EVERYONE asks for. These are:

  • Clean
  • Modern
  • Responsive design

So I thought I’d put together a list of fantastic themes that tick all these boxes and are a great choice for 2014.

Coffee & Cream – Clean and modern WordPress theme

Coffee & Cream is a bold, modern theme with some impressive features to add wow factor such as scrolling parallax backgrounds. The design is very modern and flat, with clean lines and no clutter. There are two homepage layouts, both of which are effective and unusual.

  • Full details here
  • Responsive WordPress theme
  • Choice of stylish image galleries
  • Rated 4.71/5

Enfold is a clean and very popular WordPress Theme designed for business websites and portfolio sites. The design is clean, modern and very adaptable to different businesses. It come with 18 predefined skins and well as the option to build a custom skin.

  • Full details here
  • Responsive WordPress theme
  • Unlimited colour options
  • The masonry portfolio would work well for an image gallery
  • WPML-ready for multi-language sites
  • Rated 4.80/5

EPROM – Clean and modern WordPress theme for the music industry

EPROM is a bold and striking responsive WordPress theme designed for the music industry. It’s very flexible and is available in either a light or dark skin (you’d probably want the dark skin).

  • Full details here
  • Responsive WordPress theme
  • Image gallery
  • WPML-ready
  • Rated 4.63/5

Salient – Clean and modern responsive WordPress theme

Salient is a popular theme with a slick and modern design, and plenty of impressive features. We have used it before and found it good to work with.

  • Full details here
  • Responsive WordPress theme
  • The masonry style or gallery-only portfolios would work well for a modern-looking image gallery
  • Customisable accent colours
  • Rated 4.8/5

Builder – Clean, responsive WordPress theme

BUILDER is a flexible theme that favours a black and white colouring with an adjustable accent colour. This theme also comes with a pre-built sub header for a company slogan, which instantly tells people what the website is about.

  • Full details here
  • 8 blog styles
  • Responsive WordPress theme
  • 2 boxed layouts, 3 home page styles
  • Built-in gallery (see the ‘Simple Gallery’ link under the ‘Features’ section of the demo)
  • Lots of font choices
  • Customisable accent colours
  • Rated 4.31/5

BigBang is a hugely flexible bestselling theme with a clean and modern design. It allows you to customise many design elements including the colours, although the layouts are a bit more limited. This theme has options to be presented in either ‘boxed’ or ‘stretched’ format (the more modern option) and has an in-built facility to include a banner headline above the Homepage Slider as seen on the demo, which is a good way to instantly explain what your site is about.

  • Full details here
  • Responsive WordPress theme
  • Loads of colour choices, fonts etc.
  • Huge choice of blog layouts to choose from
  • Choice of portfolio styles (‘Work’ section of demo) which would work well for an image gallery
  • Responsive design
  • Rated 4.5/5

The world’s top selling theme, Avada has a huge number of options and features and can be customised in many different ways. Try the black colour scheme in the demo for an extra slick look. (We recently used it on the new Black Tor Brewery website.)

  • Full details here
  • Responsive WordPress theme
  • Hugely customisable
  • Good choice of image galleries
  • WPML-ready
  • Rated 4.65/5

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