Today we are introducing an elegantly designed and typographically pleasing theme, Château.
Designed by Ignacio Ricci, Château has been crafted with close attention to detail and typography. Its beautiful, minimalist look allows you to make your content the focal point of your blog.
Aside from a brilliant design, this theme offers many cool features that help you to personalize your blog. There are two color schemes, three layout options, custom accent color, Custom Header Image, Custom Background, six widget areas, and three post formats — Aside, Gallery, and Image. It’s loaded with options that make the theme flexible enough to fit a variety of sites.
Read all about Château’s features on the Theme Showcase.
- Jul 7, 2011 @ 6:00 pm
Jul 7th at 6:44 pm
Jul 7th at 6:45 pm
Very clean and organized. The royal font and colour is also excellent.
Jul 7th at 6:47 pm
simple & nice
Jul 7th at 6:56 pm
Great stuff! Do you know if the font can be changed for the post titles?
Jul 7th at 6:58 pm
Simply stunning! Well done, and thank you!
Jul 7th at 6:59 pm
Lovely! I rarely feel tempted but this one has me thinking about a change.
Jul 7th at 7:14 pm
Jul 7th at 7:17 pm
Jul 7th at 7:35 pm
That’s really really nice!!
Jul 7th at 8:02 pm
I love the elegant style!
Still not for me.
I need something similar to Delicious Magazine and free, but I love the elegant font. =)
Jul 7th at 8:03 pm
Oh, I love this one so much! I was looking for something lighter, yet elegant. Very lovely.
Jul 7th at 8:14 pm
Very Classy. It will prove popular no doubt. Chapeau to Chateau!
Jul 7th at 8:14 pm
This is beautiful, I might have to switch! Thank you for posting all the new, free themes, applause!
Jul 7th at 8:42 pm
Jul 7th at 8:47 pm
I like this elegant theme very much. It’s simple and clean and has great features too. Thank you.
Jul 7th at 9:00 pm
Very nice, clean, organized, classy and customizable. Very cool!
Jul 7th at 9:30 pm
That’s really very nice! Adopted it earlier this evening and procrastinating from shaping it as I type!
Jul 7th at 9:44 pm
I love this FREE THEME!! It’s the best! Thank you Word Press ♥!!
Jul 7th at 10:13 pm
Just 2 points which it would be better to change:
1-Where are the previous link at the home page?
2-Maybe if you add little images at the previous posts (like Inuit Types theme) the readibility would be better.
I hope to make these changes!
Jul 7th at 10:31 pm
My first impression is this theme looks more or less like standard front page design, a banner,maybe it flash, left restangle for menu.items, right rectangle for contents. I dont see any elements associated with chateau beside the image.
Its okay, i have to say so.
Jul 7th at 10:42 pm
Great theme! But how do I download it? I don’t see a download button….
Jul 7th at 10:53 pm
Hey I recognize that photo! The Petit Trianon at Chateau Versailles. I was just there. Looks great!
Jul 7th at 11:01 pm
This is a very tempting theme. It is elegant, lovely, and easy to take in all at once. I like those dates on the side of the posts. I like the italics. I like the fonts. I like the option of changing the feature color.
I only wish the text field were wider. But wow, you did a gorgeous job.
And thank you so much for offering it as a Free Theme!
Jul 7th at 11:11 pm
This is the one I’ve been waiting for. Thank you!
Jul 7th at 11:12 pm
Very classic, I love it
Jul 7th at 11:13 pm
Αnd something else
I think that is better to add the choice to erase the title from the header if you want to use only your image.
Ii’ s a great theme and if you could change it in some details, then it’ll be one from the most popular!
Jul 7th at 11:30 pm
new theme again and this is very nice and simple..
Jul 8th at 12:06 am
Wow, so happy to hear this, now let me try first! Lots of thanks to WP.com!
Jul 8th at 12:50 am
i like it a lot! is there a way to preview it before activating?
Jul 8th at 1:08 am
Very nice!!! Will check it out more closely.
Jul 8th at 1:14 am
I don’t know that I’ll ever say anything classy enough to merit this theme…
Jul 8th at 1:16 am
love it! im using this theme now! ♥♥♥
Jul 8th at 1:20 am
Jul 8th at 1:31 am
I like it because the picture is a bit eerie….I may switch it over. I am definitely not as elegant as this theme though.
Jul 8th at 1:41 am
So I’ve been playing around with this theme and maybe I’m just blind – but when I click on one of my “pages” I don’t see anywhere to click to edit it like I do on the posts.
Jul 8th at 1:43 am
Just what a queen like me needs to make my lovely e-WordPress guests feel at e-home. – LOL! Tracey Bond-Tolbert
Jul 8th at 1:57 am
Nearly perfect! if not for the girly font of the headline….
Jul 8th at 2:06 am
Classy! Very tempted to change…
Jul 8th at 2:13 am
Very Nice…but it won’t work for me. I need something, bright and exciting!!
Jul 8th at 2:28 am
Nice, but I’ll stick to my present theme
Jul 8th at 2:37 am
I love this! It’s the best one (that is free) that has come out in a very long time, in my ten-cents worth. Thank you so much!!
Jul 8th at 2:39 am
Love this theme! Thanks WordPress!
Jul 8th at 3:20 am
It’s elegant and beautiful, plain and simple. the format is easy to search through. Nice work.
Jul 8th at 3:27 am
Jul 8th at 3:35 am
I like it!
The clean and minimalist approach of this theme is very inviting! I just wish the “concise” format could also be implemented in the front page, not just the archive pages. Here’s to hoping that the Theme Team would introduce more themes that present a combination of a “concise” front page presentation of blog posts & a clean and minimalistic layout–something within the vein of Inuit Types.
Keep them coming, WP.com!
Jul 8th at 3:40 am
yes. i like this.. elegant and clean..
Jul 8th at 4:04 am
Elegant. Clean. Love it!
Jul 8th at 4:07 am
Good to see we’re getting an influx of new themes.
Jul 8th at 4:23 am
Because my blog topic is pretty emotionally charged (my crazy divorce and its aftermath — and my readers’ crazy divorces as well…), I DIG the simple, elegant themes. Of course the current blood red color may indicate otherwise! But I may have to play with this one — thanks for the option.
Jul 8th at 4:30 am
Wow, Free Theme again. Thank for WordPress.com team hardwork to keep WordPress.com blogging experience continue improvement.
Jul 8th at 4:56 am
I like this theme better than any that have come down the pike in a very long time, and I’ve liked some of them very much. This is an awesome theme.
Jul 8th at 5:17 am
Jul 8th at 5:25 am
Jul 8th at 5:33 am
Love this! So elegant! Great work, theme team. I’m so tempted.
Now it’s the conflict between 2011 and Chateau. I love the single column layout that’s a reasonable width on 2011, not the full page size. I wish that was an option on Chateau too. I’m not too keen on the blog post font, but I can change that with my Custom Design upgrade and I’ll have to see how the photos present in this theme.
Jul 8th at 5:39 am
I like the minimalist format, but the “detail” option does not seem to work. When I select it, past posts still have the two-column, abbreviated format.
Jul 8th at 5:49 am
You know I love this theme, but when I started to play with it I discovered one small problem > the tags on the side of the posts and the categories next to the title, makes this “minimalist” them look very messy. Similar deal with clean home. Is there a conspiracy to make the minimalist themes look messy? Just teasing. Hope I can change that with the custom upgrade.
Jul 8th at 6:56 am
Jul 8th at 7:00 am
Thank you very much, it’s so beautiful!!!
Jul 8th at 7:01 am
This is such a gorgeous theme. Thanks for making it available to members, WordPress Theme Team!
Jul 8th at 7:18 am
soooo elegant! Keep rockin’
Jul 8th at 7:18 am
Wow! Beautiful ..and I love the fonts! Thank you.
Jul 8th at 7:18 am
I like your new themes. It’s so beautyful.
The font of the post title is so excellent.
Thank you ♥
Jul 8th at 7:42 am
awesome, just adopted it!
Jul 8th at 10:05 am
Great work by Ignacio, looking forward to using it.
Jul 8th at 10:14 am
Really nice, I’ll be adding this one. :]
Jul 8th at 10:37 am
Nice and elegant.
Jul 8th at 11:48 am
Jul 8th at 12:35 pm
It’s very good! I like it!
Jul 8th at 12:47 pm
Very nice! Royal almost.
Jul 8th at 12:53 pm
Love this type of themes, nice and simple.
Jul 8th at 2:00 pm
Looks pretty neat.
Jul 8th at 2:38 pm
Elegant indeed! Were I up for a switch, I’d love to try this one. Thanks for all you do.
Jul 8th at 2:55 pm
Not right for me, but pretty cool anyway.
Jul 8th at 3:03 pm
Guys, I use HR tags in the posts sometimes. The horizontal line though doesn’t seem to display in this theme. Why is that?
Jul 8th at 3:20 pm
Jul 8th at 3:59 pm
Looks very nice! (checks the preview button).
Jul 8th at 4:52 pm
Nice theme… I appreciate it!
Jul 8th at 5:16 pm
Stunning and elegant.
Jul 8th at 6:39 pm
Thanks again WordPress for another great free theme. I’ve been messing around with it since the announcement yesterday and I have to say I am so pleased with the results. Those that are worried about it being “too elegant” or “too messy/cluttered” can definitely change things up with the custom design upgrade.
Jul 8th at 6:56 pm
Wow, might have to use this.
Jul 8th at 8:42 pm
This one looks gorgeous!
Jul 8th at 9:05 pm
I like Chateau so much that I updated my blog to it. Before I have used “Duotone” for three years, which is a very interesting theme but somewhat clunky.
Jul 8th at 9:07 pm
Looks very neat but probably because of the color combination used…reminds me of a black and white journal.
Jul 8th at 10:38 pm
I love getting emails about new themes. It takes a lot to impress me, however this is nice. It reminds me a lot of 2011. I’m waiting for more magazine themes that have handwriting scripts and are more artistic in nature…free is always nice.
Jul 8th at 10:40 pm
Nice and clean. I’m considering trying an new one, and I may have to check this out.
Jul 8th at 11:34 pm
Gonna have to give this one a go! Thanks, WordPress.
Jul 9th at 12:44 am
I’m loving this theme. The only thing I don’t like is how tags are constantly visible to the left (or right, depending) of posts. I wish there was a way to change that. Looks like they are in the way and distracting to a reader.
Jul 9th at 12:58 am
Finally; a free magazine theme that’s of quality. Thank you!
Jul 9th at 2:24 am
ARRRGH. After three years and five different blogs, this is the first theme that made me finally let go of Misty Look. Kudos and thank you so much for this awesome theme. My heart thanks you, and my blogs thank you!
Jul 9th at 2:34 am
wow, this is a beauty!
Jul 9th at 2:49 am
I like it. I’m considering changing my blog template (yet again) using chateau.
But can the sidebar be on the right for this template?
Jul 9th at 3:48 am
At one point there, when I read “elegantly designed and typographically pleasing theme”, I thought it wasn’t gonna be free.
But I don’t see any prices around.
Looks really nice. Thanks for offering it for free.
Jul 9th at 3:59 am
It looks very much like a diary. I’ll have to think of a way of using it.
Jul 9th at 4:23 am
Should it have featured images it would be P E R F E C T…
But I think I’m going to use it too!!!