parallax background

The Best Chrome Themes You Can Try for a Better Experience

How to Make Fewer HTTP Requests on Your WordPress Site
August 6, 2019
 

Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers out there, highly praised for its simplicity and responsiveness. It looks great with its main theme, but some users feel the need to liven it up with something more personalized.

After all, no one wants a browser that’s boring to look at and some of us get tired of the same interface at some point, no matter the software.

In this article, we have gathered some of the best Chrome themes for you to try along with a short description of each.Scroll down to discover your new favorite Chrome skin!

A Quick Word on Google Chrome Themes

chrome-store
 

If you don’t know what Chrome themes are, let’s quickly clarify the concept. In general, a browser theme is a set of style modifications that changes the appearance of the browser interface, but which doesn’t change its functionality.

Compared to add-ons, Chrome themes don’t contain JavaScript or HTML content. They will change the way your browser looks and that’s all.

As for safety, when you download themes from the Chrome Web Store there’s nothing to worry about. They are completely safe from a security standpoint and only change:

  • Your main background image
  • The color scheme

Google Chrome themes are single .JSON files with no server-side components or coding behind them.

The Best Chrome Themes: A Short List

Now you know the basics of Google Chrome themes, you can begin your hunt for the perfect one. Below you will find a list of the best Chrome themes for each style: minimalist, dark, colorful, artistic, and nature.

Minimalist Themes

Minimalist themes are similar to Google Chrome’s main look. They are easy on the eyes yet aesthetically pleasing. If you want that simple, elegant feel, one of these themes will definitely stir your interest:

Tardis

Tardis
 

Are you a fan of the Doctor Who series? Then Tardis may be your match. The theme is based on the time machine central to the series. It has a warm color palette, it’s modern and minimal, and it has a consistent look.

Compared to the basic Chrome appearance, this theme contains a clean white bar about your current tabs for easier navigation. All Doctor Who fans out there should give it a try.

Black Carbon + Silver Metal

Black-Carbon-Silver-Metal
 

As the name suggests, this theme comes in a silver metallic finish. It represents minimalism as its best, it is darker than the usual interface, and it has those polished silver details that make it so unique and stylish.

Those who like darker themes to avoid eyestrain are the biggest fans of Black Carbon.

Blue/Green Cubes

Blue-Green-Cubes
 

The name of this theme is self-explanatory. It’s made of blue and green cubes, so it’s a light theme, yet minimalist enough to keep you focused on your work. The pattern is interesting and gives your browser a neat, orderly look, making it one of the best Chrome themes in this style.

Dark Themes

As mentioned before, Google Chrome dark themes are preferred by those who spend a lot of time working with their PC and they fancy the “dark mode” of anything, to reduce eyestrain. Even so, not all dark themes are also pleasing to the eye, so we chose the prettiest ones:

Material Dark

Material-Dark
 

This is pretty similar to Black Carbon, but it is more on the dark side. It maintains the simplicity of a minimal theme, yet it has more depth to it.

When using a dark theme like this one, don’t expect it to cover the entire surface of your browser. Some aspects are limited by the native features of Google Chrome.

E4 Dark v2.1

E4-Dark-v
 

Why is E4 Dark one of the best Chrome themes? Because of how simple it is. The combination of bright blue and black works very well, and the contrastive nuances make it pleasurable to use. It makes everything look uncluttered and the color palette gives it a futuristic look.

Material Incognito Dark Theme

Material-Incognito
 

Before Google Store Themes launched its own range of dark themes, Material Incognito was the favorite of all users. This Chrome theme is named Incognito because it is inspired by the color palette used in the browser’s native incognito mode, which is darker by default.

If you enjoy that version more than the normal Chrome theme, installing this theme will get you that darker look everywhere.

Colorful Themes

Those who prefer the brighter side of things should check out these colorful themes:

Colors

Colors
 

It’s a pretty basic name for a theme that’s so impressive. Colors is a Chrome theme that will give your browser a whole new look. The theme has a rich color palette containing all sorts of shades and nuances.

The hues are selected perfectly to give your browser that child-like, happy look. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll be greeted by the prettiest tones to keep you feeling positive.

Purple Pink

Purple-Pink
 

You had a bad day? Adding this Chrome theme to your browser will cheer you up each time you open a new window. Some people may consider this theme “too much”, given its loudness and daring design.

Others will enjoy the monochromatic colors and the extreme vibrance of Purple Pink. Worry not —the hues are not overdone because the theme makes use of different transparency levels.

Color Fusion

Color-Fusion
 

Out of all colorful Chrome themes, this one seems to be the most balanced. It includes both soft and complementary colors which are matched evenly, and transparency is used to reduce the loudness of the theme.

Color Fusion uses transparency to help users distinguish between active and inactive tabs as well.

Artistic Themes

Do you enjoy art in its finest form? The following themes will grab your attention in a second:

Harvest_Paisley

HarvestPaisley
 

If you’re familiar with Persian patterns, this theme will remind you of them. It is designed using a muted color palette, in the shades that are common during autumn.

The pattern is made of leaves and they are smartly used to design the tabs. It is a highly soothing theme that you can enjoy next time you start browsing the Internet.

Marc Ecko

Marc-Ecko
 

This is a Chrome theme for creative people. Marc Ecko is the bravest Chrome skin in the artsy themes list. It contains a curved pattern design and it’s perfect for those who like abstract things.

Doink

Doink
 

Floral design is in again, so if you feel like adding it to your life in one way or another, do it by adding this to your Chrome theme inventory. The flowery pattern suits the pastel colors selected for the palette. Its design goes well with office computers in airy, well-lit workspaces.

Nature Themes

Those who are addicted to traveling and prefer being close to nature at all times —even when using technology —should take a look at these themes:

Beauty

beauty
 

Beauty is one of the best Chrome themes with a nature-related theme. It uses a green forest with a sunny background picture and it looks absolutely stunning when combined with the selected color palette. It’s the perfect depiction of pristine nature.

Sahara

Sahara
 

Peter Noordijk created a theme that’s far from the green nature look that everyone is used to. Instead, the creator chose the mystique landscape of Sahara as the basis of his theme, including the milky way shining above the dunes.

You’ll also notice some caravans and camels in the background!

Nordic Forest

Nordic-Forest
 

As the name says it, this theme presents the vast expansion of Nordic forests. It has a wallpaper that pictures pine trees. This theme is recommended to reduce stress levels and recharge the batteries of the user at a glance.

Ending thoughts on best Chrome themes

We use our browsers every single day, so it’s almost mandatory to customize them the way we like. The best Chrome themes are ultimately the ones you like the most, so go through the list a few times and save your favorites to use whenever you feel like it.

If you enjoyed reading this article about best Chrome themes, you should read these as well:

Albert Ślusarczyk
Albert Ślusarczyk
As the co-creator of Be Theme, I am a strong believer in designing with care and patience. I pour my energy, time & knowledge into perfecting the theme for our 157,000+ customers.

Comments are closed.

Free cheat sheets available

Subscribe to download a set of cheat sheets for CSS, JS, and HTML

You'll receive an email with the cheat sheets in an instant.