Clean, modern responsive WordPress themes for 2014

Last Updated: September 20, 2019

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.

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

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

Katie Keith

An active member of the global WordPress community, Barn2 Co-Founder Katie loves collaborating with other plugin companies. Her articles have been published on high profile sites including WPTavern, Torque and IndieHackers. She oversees all plugin support and deals with 'Tier 2' support requests about how to use Barn2's plugins in advanced ways.

One Comment

  1. michael amaral
    July 10, 2018 Reply

    Hi,
    Good Collection of themes.
    I would like to share one multi purpose theme which is Kosmic multipurpose WordPress theme.
    These theme is suitable for almost all types of websites.
    It has features such as one click demo installation, 20+ in-built shortcode, widgetized home page, multilingual translation ready etc.
    View live demo: https://goo.gl/sQrnKc

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