Ubuntu/Debian/Mint news and tutorials | Linux gaming
facebook.png
twitter.png
feed.png
Quick Tip
Disable Overlay Scrollbars in GNOME
gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal
Quick Tip
Find Files Containing a Text Pattern
find . -iname "*.txt" -exec grep -l "hello" {} +
Categories
Online Readers
Advertise on TuxArena
Linux Cheat Sheet
Have a look at our Linux Cheat Sheet for quick one-liners, commands and tips.

With Mint 17.1 Rebecca being days away from release, and Cinnamon 2.4 looking so good, here is an overview of some of the best looking themes which allow you to beautify your desktop.

Most of these are available online, and you can install them from Menu -> Preferences -> Themes. There are also some themes from gnome-look.org, and to install those you need to download the archive and uncompress it inside the ~/.themes folder. I specified the themes which are are from gnome-look.org.

Hacktivist

Hacktivist is a beautiful black and white, glossy theme with transparency effects for both the panel and the menu, in a way similar to the look of the KDE theme. The theme can be installed directly from the Cinnamon Themes dialog.

hacktivist

Crunchy Green

As the name suggests, Crunchy Green is a greenish theme which will use a black transparent background for the menu. The theme can be installed directly from the Cinnamon Themes dialog.

crunchy_green

Baldr

Baldr is a light (as in almost white) theme with no transparency for the menu. The theme can be installed directly from the Cinnamon Themes dialog.

baldr

Ultimate Edition

This is a bloody red theme which makes your desktop glow in reddish nuances. You can download it from here and uncompress it inside the ~/.themes folder to install it.

ultimate_edition

Zukitwo Dark Cinnamon

This is a flat, grey theme with transparency effects for the panel. The theme can be installed directly from the Cinnamon Themes dialog.

zukitwo

Eleganse

Another grey theme with transparency effects. The theme can be installed directly from the Cinnamon Themes dialog.

eleganse

Elementary Luna Mod

This is a theme inspired from the Elementary OS. The theme can be installed directly from the Cinnamon Themes dialog.

elementary_luna

Wood n Tux

Wood n Tux is a wood-based theme, fitting very well with brown wallpapers. The theme can be installed directly from the Cinnamon Themes dialog.

wood_n_tux

Numix Cinnamon

This is a clean, flat black and brown theme. The theme can be installed directly from the Cinnamon Themes dialog.

numix

Elune

This theme comes in two variants, for bottom panel and top panel, and it has transparency effects for the panel. You can download it from here and uncompress it inside the ~/.themes folder to install it (there are two sub-folders inside the uncompressed folder which need to be placed inside the ~/.themes directory).

elune

Metro

Metro bundles several blue nuances, with no transparency and a flat, clean look. You can download it from here and uncompress it inside the ~/.themes folder to install it (there are two sub-folders inside the uncompressed folder which need to be placed inside the ~/.themes directory).

metro

Oblivion

Oblivion is yet another black and white theme with transparency effects, a cyan contour and a clean look. You can download it from here and uncompress it inside the ~/.themes folder to install it.

oblivion

Share this!Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on TumblrShare on Google+
Albin says:

I’ll be looking at some of these when the final is released. There’s been a long thread on M17’s dark theme problems – sometimes Nemo is themed, or not, sometimes menus are muddled or text whited out when selected. I haven’t found a fully developed dark theme yet, but still hoping.

John says:

My favorite is still the Black and Blue theme. I like the flat look it has and the blue highlighting for currently selected windows.

The_Advocate says:

So are you going to post the ‘good’ themes any time soon? The only two listed above that are even remotely usable ‘at all’ are ZukuTwo Dark and Numix. The rest all have major issues in certain apps.

jonny says:

Green folder icons in all of them :-( Any alternative icon packs?

Craciun Dan says:

Yes, default icons include different colors, see this. I should’ve changed the icons for the screenshots too to make it look different.

Albin says:

Thanks for that screenshot, it makes the new design look really interesting. Hoping Cinnamon is ready for prime time in 17.1 since I was expecting a really stable update to 17 and now wonder if there are version jitters to the DE.

I’ll mention that I’ve podged a decent dark theme for my black desktop system from Teal Blue and Black with Black Elegance Controls and Window Borders. But an example of a really fully developed theme without all the menu and font color problems is Mint-XP Metallic grey silver, which I use on a silvery laptop. I’ll look for that again in 17.1.

Theoldfellow says:

But none of these has proper scrollbar buttons! All themes without scrollbar buttons are rubbish.

HacktiWho? says:

Wow, it’s been a wile since the last time I saw that wood texture crap!
Also, I though half of them were terrible from a usability POV, but someone noticed the lack of scrollbar buttons, so they are ALL terrible.

Leave a Comment

Sponsors