With the growing popularity of content curation and aggregation-style sites, masonry layouts are becoming a popular design trend. These grid layouts offer advantages such as showcasing more content at one time, and creating a clean, organized look. However, not all masonry themes are suitable for every application.
Fortunately, there are a myriad of masonry-style WordPress themes to choose from. Whether you’re building an online portfolio, an e-commerce website, or a blog, there’s a theme out there to fit your needs.
In this piece, we’ll review fifteen of the very best masonry WordPress themes on the market, and by the end you’ll know which one is right for you. Let’s get started!
First on our list is the endlessly flexible Total WordPress theme. Whether you want to create a blog, portfolio, shop or something else Total has what you need to create a one of a kind site. The extended WPBakery page builder features post type builder elements that you can use to display masonry grids for your blog posts, staff, portfolio item, products, testimonials or any other post types you choose to add to your site.
Plus the masonry layout works great with Total’s standard, boxed and full width layouts as well as offer tons of column options. And you can even set responsiveness settings to define when your grids shift (e.g. from 4 columns on desktop, to 2 columns on tablet and then 1 column on phones – or whatever you choose).
This sophisticated and elegant theme, Notio, is ideally suited to portfolios and e-commerce websites. Notio is clean and minimalist, and is designed to showcase your content in style.
It comes with the WPBakery plugin too, so you can easily drag-and-drop elements during your design process. It has also been designed with WooCommerce integration in mind, enabling you to create an online store with ease.
While it is technically a multipurpose theme, Oshine offers a number of ready made masonry demos as well as masonry layout settings. The included visual page builder makes it easy to design your portfolio or blog showcase, with an infinite number of layouts possible. Plus the theme offers tons of other great features including blend modes, pre-built sections, a revision history, light/dark skins, typography options and compatibility with tons of popular plugins (like WooCommerce).
4. Baskerville (Free)
Branded as a theme for hoarders, the free Baskerville theme doesn’t disappoint. Its elegant grid lends itself to magazine style sites, portfolios, and content-rich blogs. Features include a contributors template, and support for nine post formats. Baskerville has a moderate level of customization including the header image and two widget areas.
5. Nifty Fifty
Give your portfolio or photography site a fresh, masonry design with Nifty 50. This theme’s clean design offer light and dark color skins, Pinterest like masonry layouts, social share integration, optimized image rendering, stylish hamburger menu and more. Plus, since this theme is brought to you by TemplateMonster you can add-on services when purchasing the theme like installation, professional customization and even extended support.
The lovely Ruki is a Gutenberg optimized theme aimed at bloggers and creative writers. Use the homepage post block to display specific categories , add color schemes and even include products. The theme also features a hero area to highlight single posts, or multiple as a grid, carousel or slider. And Ruki offer AMP support, WooCommerce integration, retina images, responsive design and RTL/translation support.
If you’re in the market for a simple, affordable theme with a clean masonry blog and portfolio then look no further. Wendell is a responsive theme with easy options for grid or masonry layout, color settings, custom logo and all the other basics you’d need to design your website.
8. Mesa (Free)
Get the Mesa theme for FREE, right here at WPExplorer. We created this theme for quick and simple blog setup. By default the theme offers a masonry blog layout with pagination – though Mason does offer support for JetPack’s infinite scroll if you’d rather use that. The theme is GPL, fully responsive, supports all standard WordPress post formats, and is integrated with social media for easy post sharing.
When it comes to masonry WordPress themes your first though might not be a multipurpose one like Kalium, but thats where you’re missing out. While you could create any type of website with Kalium, that includes portfolios with a masonry layout. There are also tons of customization options for colors, alerts, content layout, media, headers, menus and more – plus the theme is compatible with most page builders so you can build your pages the way you’re most comfortable.
Create a candy colored masonry blog with Breek. This lightweight and AMP ready theme is perfect for blogs and online magazines since it’s fast and ready to use right away. Just install and choose from 7 ready to use homepage designs, 3 post styles, tons of widgets and more. As mentioned, the theme offers AMP support and it is translation/RTL ready.
Love minimal design? Then Onverse is for you. This elegant theme is built around Gutenberg, so adding a masonry layout to your content is as easy as inserting a block. This theme is focused on streamlined content creation, so it’s perfect for blogs, journals, magazine, etc.
12. Tetris (Free)
This super simple theme enables anyone to set up a blog or portfolio quickly and easily – while it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, it does offer a clean modern look, and enough customization to cater for most. Tetris is also a great option for beginners who feel overwhelmed by the high level of customizability found in other themes.
Showoff your talents with Eagle – a lovely masonry style WordPress theme option that was created with freelancers and agencies in mind. The theme includes easy templates for a masonry portfolio, about page, services and blog. Plus the theme offers more than 600+ Google fonts to choose from as well as support for retina images.
Build a wonderful website with Weston. The theme ships with a copy of the WPBakery page builder for easy custom layout design, which as you can expect includes a masonry layout for your blog and portfolios. As fas as masonry WordPress themes go, Weston is a great option as it also includes mega menus, WooCommerce support, pricing tables, parallax backgrounds, custom colors and much more.
Stack was inspired by Windows 8, and it’s easy to see the similarities. This theme is built to work with the Tile add-on, which is included within the theme package. Features such as infinite scroll and WooCommerce support make this an ideal theme for portfolios, e-commerce sites, or general corporate websites.
Masonry layouts have become popular with the advent of content curation and aggregation sites. They can offer a clean and organized look, while showcasing lots of imagery and content at one time. However, given the plethora of themes available, choosing the right one to suit your needs could be tough.
In this piece we’ve provided fifteen of the very best available, covering all manner of different uses – your ideal theme could be among them, so choose one that looks suitable, and take it for a test drive!
Do any of these masonry-style themes excite you? Let us know in the comments section below!