8 Best Grunge Style WordPress Themes

Grunge style themes are becoming increasingly popular. With their often edgy, memorable designs and a strong artistic element they can really make your blog or website stand out from the crowd.

Below are 8 of the best. I’ve selected both free and premium designs, and have tried to provide a range of different style choices.

8. Cellar Heat

Cellar Heat

A free theme, available in both dark and light. I like this theme, but it hasn’t been updated in awhile and you may run into problems if you intend to install many widgets. If you just want a simple site, and don’t mind testing any plugins carefully before trusting that they’re compatible then this is one of the better free grunge themes out there.

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7. Black Magic

Black Magic WordPress Theme

This is good looking theme by a talented designer. Again, compatibility with some new plugins may be a problem, as it’s no longer updated. This is an issue with pretty much all free themes though.

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6. InFlux by ElegantThemes


This is a flexible theme that allows you to switch between 4 different templates, Default, Grunge, Subtlety, and Oceanic. Pictured is the Grunge template, but I’m also a fan of their default red on asphalt template, with its clean lines and eye catching background.

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5. GrungeMag by ElegantThemes

Grunge Magazine

Another offering by ElegantThemes. This is a magazine style theme, and will work well for more complex sites where you would like to have a range of easily accessible categories. It has 3 color settings and will work well for any art, literature or cinema related blog/website.

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4. Grunge Theme by iThemes

Grunge Theme

Ideal for photographic, personal and band / musician sites. 4 color options are available.

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3. PaperCut by WooThemes


I actually use this theme on one of my personal sites. It’s very well made with built in Search Engine Optimization and a variety of easily changeable elements. It’s not cheap, but WooThemes support is excellent and as I own multiple sites, I belong to their theme club.

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2. Dilapidated – ThemeForest

ThemeForest Grunge

An excellent theme for personal blogs, band sites, fan sites or designer websites.

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1. Tarnished – Themeforest

WordPress Grunge

This is a modern, professionally designed, stable and feature packed theme. It has 7 color settings, and built-in support for both self hosted and embedded videos.

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2 Responses to “8 Best Grunge Style WordPress Themes”

  1. Kate Brown Wilson
    October 4, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Wow perfect I can choose different themes. I am thinking to create my own hardcore band blog site. I really like to try this Dilapidated theme , this can be perfect.
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  2. Julie Hayes
    October 10, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Very artistic theme. I think this will be perfect if we are targeting visitors of younger age.
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