I realize that the themes that come with SharePoint 2010 are not the most popular UI elements among designers, however when my company (and I suspect many others) implemented SharePoint we decided to go with very minimal branding — aka change the site logo and theme and call it good.  We also allow site owners to choose their own colors so they can make their sites their own and to instill a pride in ownership.

So for companies like mine that allow site owners to change their site’s theme, I compiled this handy dandy reference chart that shows screenshots of all the out-of-the-box theme previews.  This will allow you to quickly choose which theme you want, without having to preview every one of them. It can be difficult to imagine what the theme will look like when applied to your site just from the color box. I know you can hit the preview button, however that pops up a new window and ends up being a lot of clicking when you want to look at a lot of them.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, because I’ve added a couple new themes that I created that you can download and install on your site!

Azure

Berry

Bittersweet

Cay

Classic

 

Construct

 

Convention

 

Felt

 

Graham

 

Grapello

 

Laminate

 

Mission

 

Modern Rose

 

Municipal

 

Pinnate

 

Ricasso

 

Summer

 

Vantage

 

Viewpoint

 

Yoshi

 

Custom Themes

In addition I’ve created a few custom themes that you can download.  Below the table is a link to the themes and instructions for downloading and applying to your site.  Enjoy!

Council

Earthtones

 

Insight

Download custom themes here

Installing a New Theme to your Site

Follow the instructions below to download and install the custom themes above to your site:

  1. Click the link above and save the theme(s) you want to your hard drive
  2. Navigate to Site Actions > Site Settings > Themes (under Galleries)
  3. Upload the new theme file(s) to the gallery
  4. Navigate to Site Actions > Site Settings > Site theme (under Look and Feel)
  5. Choose the new theme from the drop down menu and click “Apply”

You’re done!  Hope you like these free themes and also the reference guide for the out-of-the-box themes that come with SharePoint 2010.

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