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Masonry layouts blew up a few years ago as a popular design style.
And as it turns out, it was just a fad.
It wasn’t until more recent CSS and browser updates came out that we could even reliably create this type of design. Now masonry style grids have become an excellent way to showcase lists of blog posts and other content in a visually interesting way.
If you’re excited to launch a blog, magazine, store, or portfolio site with a masonry grid layout, you’ll love the collection we have prepared for you here.
Check out our Pinterest-style WordPress themes list for some more great options.
Masonry WordPress themes
Only themes with raving customer reviews, outstanding designs, and comprehensive feature sets have been included here. We’ve also excluded any theme that hasn’t been released or updated within the last year.Here are my top picks for best masonry WordPress themes for 2020.
1. Daze by NordWood (Themeforest)
Daze has an awesome contemporary style that will make all of your images leap off the page. The spacious design includes thick borders between each image/post and fills up the whole screen. There are a few small design choices that make this theme unique and sure to help your site stand out on the web.
The simple color palette is easily changed via the Customizer, so don’t worry if you’re not a fan of the red. The Daze developers also advertise this theme as being GIF-friendly. For anyone used to Tumblr, this will be a nice treat for your site (we have a collection of Tumblr-style themes here too).
Daze has all the standard customization options you’d expect like custom fonts and colors, but there are some pretty innovative and handy features for bloggers too. You can embed content from a massive variety of sites like Youtube and SoundCloud, highlight any text with a “quick Tweet” option, utilize the fullscreen popup mobile menu, and sidebar display options to help you optimize advertising and content presentation.
2. Pluto by Osetin (Themeforest)
Pluto was a theme we recommended previously if you wanted to create a site like Pinterest. It has a very similar style to the popular social network complete with the masonry grid, image thumbnails, and like buttons.
The Pluto theme is extremely customizable. Don’t just take the screenshot above as the sole example of how this theme looks. You can move the menu from the top to a left or right sidebar and choose between more than a dozen different layouts for your posts.
On top of all these customization features, you can also allow visitors to register and submit their own content which makes Pluto extremely versatile. You can source all the content yourself or allow visitors to post as well to help scale the site.
3. Fabulous by WPExplorer (Themeforest)
If you want a site that is easy to set up for a masonry grid blog or magazine, you’ll love Fabulous. This responsive WordPress theme has a clean design and beautiful typography that make it a joy to use.
The demo site really shows off the simplicity of Fabulous’ design. The header is clean and spacious leading the visitors’ eyes straight to the content below. I always appreciate a site that emphasizes the content more than the decorations surrounding it.
As a single-column theme, you don’t get access to a sidebar, but that’s also one less element you need to customize and prepare. The post pages themselves are extremely simple for this reason and leave little distraction for your readers. Speaking of which, you can publish audio, video, gallery, and quote posts in addition to plain text posts when using Fabulous. There are optional sidebar layouts available, dark and light skins, and you can choose between 1-4 columns for the post layout on the homepage.
4. 1page by An Themes (Themeforest)
1page shares a lot of commonalities with the Pluto theme. It has the Pinterest-like layout of many tiny post thumbnails organized in a masonry grid. You can fit up to five columns of posts in this spacious design.
While you can add posts that link to their own pages, there’s also a very cool option to link to an external URL instead. This would be great for affiliate marketing. You could include a product like a dress and link out to the store with an affiliate link and a “Buy Now” button. You can use this same approach to offer downloads and lightboxes of photos.
This theme is especially well-suited for photos and videos, but you can publish regular text posts too. It also has a user submission page which will be great for community building.
5. Inspire by Boost Devs (Themeforest)
Inspire has a muted color palette that gives the site a cool aesthetic. Sticking mainly to black and grays, there’s an occasional red accent that can make any element on the page really pop. All of the images are grayscaled as well, and hovering over one of them returns them to full color.
This premium theme has four different homepage layouts available, but the one featured above is the most relevant to this collection. There’s an image slider at the top that can link to any of your posts followed by a masonry grid layout of posts.
One notable feature included in Inspire is the Ajax post sorting filters. Inspire supports multiple post formats, so you can publish images, videos, and gallery posts instead of just plain text posts. Visitors can use the filters above the posts to browse any of these post types individually. It’s a pretty innovative feature and one that I haven’t seen used in any other theme.
Overall, Inspire is a solid choice for a blog or magazine that needs a masonry style layout.
Which masonry theme is best for you?
Daze stands out as a unique and modern theme with masonry layouts. For blogs, magazines, or portfolios, this will be a great choice.
Fabulous might be the most straightforward theme here and would work best for any solo bloggers that enjoy the masonry style. Inspire would also work well if you prefer the more serious, muted color palette and grayscale effects in its design.
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