Even if you’ve never visited Pinterest, you might recognize its design elements. When the hugely popular visual bookmarking site burst online in 2011, its grid-style design was like nothing else at the time and continues to inspire WordPress theme layouts today.
Described as “almost like a window-shopping mode,” Pinterest puts web content into sticky-note sized blocks that users can organize onto pinboards that fill the entire browser screen. Each block is filled by a photo and icons to like, repin or comment.
Interestingly, Pinterest didn’t invent the basic design structure, but it did help make it cool. Designers generally cite a layout plugin called jQuery Masonry when tracing Pinterest’s design origin. Designer David DeSandro released the plugin in February of 2009, making it easy for web designers to create a vertical grid-style layout.
While Pinterest is limited to image sharing with short descriptions and external links, the themes I’ve collected from our theme marketplace below offer much more, including social media integration, video support, design customizations, and lots more fun features as you’ll discover.
SKIN is one of my favorite themes right now simply for its fun and colorful GIF-friendly design. It’s a sassy gradient-powered blog theme that features beautiful single post designs and tons of integrated social icons for every network.
At first glance, this theme looks busy with so much going on design-wise, yet it still feels modern and organized. A feature you don’t see too often is the ability to tweet and share with text selection. There’s also an awesome circular post slider, and integrated pop-ups for email marketing and advertising.
Pluto is ideal for recipe collections and any other kind of post collection, really, thanks to its organized approach to content. Unlike other themes in this collection, it comes with built-in membership features so you can grow your own community online and give users a customized profile and add customized registration and login.
Another interesting feature is “smart photo protection,” which enables you to automatically add copyright information to all of your images to help prevent theft. There’s also easy integration with Adsense, simple sidebar and menu positioning, and eight post formats so you can choose the look of your posts before hitting “publish.”
With 20+ different blog layouts, you’re spoilt for choice with this minimalist and modern themes. Coney comes with 10+ header variations so you can grab your visitors’ attention above-the-fold. It’s also bundled with WPBakery Page Builder for easy drag and drop customization. Like some other themes on this list, this theme offers a variety of post formats so you can choose the display format for your blog content.
This beautiful design is perfect for freelancers, photography and graphic designers who want a minimalist aesthetic that lets your work speak for itself. Crush’s live theme customizer is second to none with near endless layout and styling combinations. It’s also packed with Google fonts and responsive font sizing so you can go all out with your typography. On top of that, it has developer-friendly code if you want to make advanced updates for clients.
Another GIF-friendly theme! What’s great about this theme is that it allows for animated GIFs as featured images. DAZE has been crafted with WordPress bloggers in mind who want to leave a strong visual impression on their target audience.
It features “special boxes” that let you kill the sidebar and instead show the most important widgets (most popular posts, latest posts, social links and advertising banners) throughout your posts. Choose which “special box” you want to show and how often it’s repeated and DAZE will take care of the rest, even when infinite scroll is enabled.
With its modular blog layout and nine homepage variations, Scribbler lets you easily mix and match various layouts to create the perfect look for your website. It comes with infinite scroll, a common feature of many Pinterest-style themes. But unlike some designs, it has single post slideshows so you can pop out your blog posts to make them the focus.
This straightforward Pinterest-style theme does the basics well – easy color customizations, infinite scrolling, and a fully-responsive layout. On top of that, it’s translation-ready, integrates with social media, and supports advertisements.
A big focus of Sun is the ability to sell products and/or make money with referrals. This theme supports WooCommerce so you can set up your own online store and display products, but also link to external affiliate partners. There are multiple locations where you can insert ads, Google Adsense, or custom made ads with images and links.
Another nice feature is live post filtering so visitors can choose what kind of post type they want to view. There’s also infinite scrolling, the ability to accept user submissions and multiple post formats.
Soda is a minimalist blog theme built using the Foundation-5 starter theme. It features sidebar and full-width page designs, a variety of post layout options, and sidebar and footer widgets. Yes, it covers the basics well, which is what you want when you just want to set up a blog and don’t need unnecessary bells and whistles.
PinThis offers a dark Pinterest-style theme with a flat design that’s great for personal blogs and portfolios. It features a responsive header slider for showcasing your best content and social media integration. This theme is also Adsense-ready so you can make money with your blog. There’s also support for embeddable media, including video and audio.
This colorful and modern minimalist theme offers a variety of homepage designs, fantastic blog post layouts and list designs. It’s ideal for artists and creatives who want multiple layouts options for showcasing your work. It integrates nicely with WooCommerce in case you want to sell your work in your own online shop. Plus, there are lots of gorgeous portfolio designs.
Another Pinterest-style homepage design, this one offers 23 different demos. It has a fully flexible header – choose from eight different designs – and various portfolio page designs for showcasing your work. There is virtually a limitless number of ways to display your work thanks to customizable portfolio and gallery templates. Plus, there are client archive pages so you can display case studies of your completed projects.
Audrey offers a charming design using a strong sidebar, soft pastels and minimalist touches. There are lots of beautiful inner pages for your services, blog and “about us” pages. I’m also a big fan of the typography choices used in this theme (lovely pairings, right?).
This theme covers the basics well, so here are the features you wouldn’t expect: fly-out navigation for mobile and tablet devices (thanks to the Highly Customizable Responsive Menu plugin), Google snippets, live search, a thumbs rating and review system and unlimited sidebars.
Iyo puts the focus equally on your words and images with its clean and classy design. This theme is ideal for magazines and blogs and offers nine homepage designs, isotope grid and masonry, and comes bundled with the popular WPBakery Page Builder for easy drag and drop customization.
Mondrian is bold, to say the list. Its unique grid builder gives you ultimate control over the layout of your website. You can show posts, portfolio and shop items, team members and more, – or even get fancy with your custom content.
This theme has been built with shops in mind and comes bundled with many well-designed styles and layouts for showcasing products. It comes bundled with WPBakery Page Builder for drag and drop customization and 10+ header variations.
Gridlove has been designed with news and magazines websites in mind and features some nice touches like “Editor’s pick” and easy category identification through bold colors. It offers the ability to highlight popular or featured posts with different styling and provide multiple header layouts.
There are also lots of custom built layouts and templates so you can pick and choose how you want to assemble your site. Like a lot of themes in this list, there’s also easy ad placement for integration with Google Adsense.
Pinterest-style themes are still hugely popular seven years on since the visual bookmarking site was first launched. The great thing about organizing your content visually in this way is that it allows visitors to quickly scroll through your content, while also providing space for ads that can blend in with your content.
Don’t forget to check out more Pinterest-style WordPress designs in our theme marketplace.
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