15 Best themes for KDE Plasma

If there is something that differentiates Linux from Windows and macOS is the great ability to customize it. When we talk about customization, we are not only referring to “hacking” the system completely but also to the appearance of the system. This appearance has been criticized over many years and has created the computer legend that Linux is ugly. So today I will show you the best themes for KDE plasma. One of the best desktop environments for Linux.

What is KDE Plasma?

KDE is one of several desktop environments that we can install on Linux. Unlike GNOME it is made with QT technology, which makes it visually different from this environment.

On the other hand, KDE has always had the reputation of being a rather heavy desktop environment, but the truth is that in recent years its consumption and performance have improved. This is thanks to the migration to QML of another technology associated with QT.

Version 5 of KDE, has been known as Plasma. So both terms are often confused and understood as synonyms even if they are not.

By default, KDE Plasma is a pretty nice desktop environment. This is thanks to the Breeze theme that does a great job. However, one thing that characterizes KDE Plasma is that it is even more modular than GNOME. Therefore, we can customize it any way we want, through themes and other things.

Some of the features of KDE are as follows:

  • Based entirely on QT.
  • It was created to provide an easy to use user interface.
  • A modular graphical user interface that allows you to customize your entire environment.
  • All source code is open source.
  • It is one of the best-documented desktop environments.
  • It has a very active user and developer community that provides new themes.

So we are going to show you the best songs for KDE plasma.

Best KDE Plasma themes

KDE Plasma is quite modular, therefore, in this post, the themes have to be complete. Not only the color scheme but other elements.

Also, you have to take into account that these themes, although very nice, do not necessarily have to be liked. In the end, it depends on each one.

Let’s start.

1. Adapta KDE theme

We started with a heavyweight for KDE. Adapta KDE is a port of the well-known GTK theme called Adapta.

With Adapta KDE we will have a dark theme, ideal for work. But it is a soft, elegant and sober dark theme.

Adapta KDE them -- image from https://github.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/adapta-kde
Adapta KDE them — image from https://github.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/adapta-kde

The installation of Adapta KDE is quite simple in Kubuntu or KDE Neon using a PPA. So open a terminal and run:

:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:papirus/papirus
:~$ sudo apt-get update
:~$ sudo apt-get install --install-recommends adapta-kde

However, it is also possible to install this theme on any Linux distribution, thanks to an installation script.

:~$ wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/adapta-kde/master/install.sh | sh

For more information, you can visit the Github website of the theme’s developers.

2. Arc KDE Theme

Now I will introduce you to another great theme.

Arc KDE is an Arc Plasma adaptation for GNOME. This theme is also presented to us as dark but not as Adapta.

Thanks to Arc KDE your system will have an elegant and smooth theme that will make it look very modern.

Arc KDE plasma theme -- image from https://github.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/arc-kde
Arc KDE plasma theme — image from https://github.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/arc-kde

As with Adapta, there is a PPA dedicated to Kubuntu or KDE Neon. So you just have to run these commands:

:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:papirus/papirus
:~$ sudo apt-get update
:~$ sudo apt-get install --install-recommends arc-kde

And for other distributions, you can use the following command:

:~$ wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/arc-kde/master/install.sh | sh

This theme is developed by the same people as Adapta KDE. Therefore, the commands are similar.

3. Velours

We continue our list with another dark theme.

Velours is a theme for KDE plasma that is even darker than the previous ones. However, the elegance and comfort in using it make it one of the best and most accomplished.

It is inspired by the veteran Caledonian theme but giving it a personal touch to have its own personality.

Velours KDE theme image from https://gitlab.com/obnosim/velours
Velours KDE theme image from https://gitlab.com/obnosim/velours

To install this theme, either clone this repository or extract a release in ~/.local/share/plasma/desktoptheme/ for a local user or globally in /usr/share/plasma/desktoptheme/ .

This KDE Plasma theme is hosted on Gitlab and if you want more information about it, you can visit the site.

4. Moe Theme

So far I have shown you dark themes, and this is because they are very fashionable. They make for a better sense to look at after a few hours on the computer.

Apart from this, in KDE Plasma there are many light themes quite good and Moe is the proof of that.

Moe light theme image from https://www.opencode.net/jomada/moe-theme
Moe light theme image from https://www.opencode.net/jomada/moe-theme

The best description of this theme is given by the same developer in KDE store, “Light theme, with blur transparencies and red tones with gradients”.

All those features of Moe make it very nice, elegant and give a touch of modernity with a quite new color scheme. One of my favorites.

5. Vimix KDE Plasma theme

There are people who like dark themes but not so dark. For that kind of person, the Vimix theme is ideal.

Vimix is a theme for KDE Plasma based on the materia-kde theme that stands out for its soft tones. It also has several color styles to complement the theme. This adds even more versatility to the theme.

Vimix -- image from https://github.com/vinceliuice/vimix-gtk-themes
Vimix — image from https://github.com/vinceliuice/vimix-gtk-themes

To install it, just clone the Github repository.

:~$ git clone https://github.com/vinceliuice/vimix-kde.git

And then inside the generated folder, run the installation script.

:~$ ./install

All very simple, really

6.- Maia Transparent

If you are a fan of transparent themes, then Maia may be the one for you.

Maia Transparent

With this trendy, modern and elegant theme you can turn your system into a transparent one taken to another level. It looks great when combined with dark schemes, highlighting your Wallpaper level.

Available for many systems, it is one of the best options available.

7.- Helium

If you want a bright theme with strong colors, but that is pretty and even elegant, then Helium is for you.

Helium
For best results, you need to use this theme with an icon theme that is also very vibrant.

It is one of the best choices for light themes because of the consistency and the touch of transparency it has.

8.- Edna

Edna is one of the best themes you can find. It has a very elegant dark touch that will help us to improve the vision inside the system.

Edna Theme

In addition to this, Edna has a lot of work behind it because it has several components that together form a tremendous look and feel.

Of the dark themes, it is one of the best looking.

9.- Diamond

With Diamond, you will have a dark but quite minimalist theme. That is to say that without so many adornments, it achieves a quite pleasant result.

Diamond

Despite being a dark theme, it knows how to combine with transparency but without being too extreme in this.

With a flat icon theme, you can get spectacular results.

10.- Rice

Based on Arc-KDE comes Rice, which aims to be a reference for those who remember the Caledonia theme.

Rice theme

It’s a wonderful theme that you can’t miss.

11.- Sweet KDE

Sweet KDE defines itself as A dark and modern theme for KDE plasma. And the reality is that it succeeds because it is dark but without losing elegance and modernity.

Sweet KDE Plasma Theme

Why is it said to be modern? Because it has a bright dark that matches with lighter icon themes.

It is a great option for lovers of dark themes and stop being pale.

It is installed like the rest of the themes, either manually or from the Plasma options.

12.- Rounded

Rounde is a theme for KDE that takes care of rounding the window borders in a very colorful and cute way.

Rounded KDE Plasma Theme
Rounded KDE Plasma Theme

It has two variants, one light and one dark, to adapt to more possible users.

Rounded in its light version is one of the preferred options by the community for being very smooth, successful and maintaining consistency with the elements.

13.- Layan

Layan KDE is a flat Design theme for KDE Plasma desktop. That’s how clear they let us know in their GitHub profile.

Layan KDE Plasma Theme
Layan KDE Plasma Theme

Thanks to Layan, you can give a very modern touch to your operating system with very well achieved transparencies.

The installation process is simple. Clone the repository or download all the files.

git clone https://github.com/vinceliuice/Layan-kde.git

And then, from the generated folder, install the theme using the setup script

./install

And you are done.

14.- Mondrian

Mondrian is a curious theme inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist of the last century.

Mondrian Theme
Mondrian Theme

With Mondrian, you will have a light theme ideal for everyday work, but with a picturesque tone faithful to the style of the artist.

The result is a modern theme, different and all without losing the elegance with the desktop.

15.- Ant Dark

As defined by the creator himself, Ant Dark is a dark theme with awesome vibrant colors for plasma.

Ant Theme
Ant Theme

The result of this combination is a beautiful dark theme that is still beautiful and modern.

This theme is quite complete because it includes everything from Konsole themes such as the color scheme or the ssdm. So with this, you will have it all.

Conclusion

KDE Plasma is one of the few desktop environments that by default is almost perfect. However, everything can be improved and customized on Linux and especially on this desktop environment.

On the other hand, the variety is fun. There are many beautiful themes that make KDE Plamas change radically. So today you have seen a few that you can fall in love with.

Finally, remember that in KDE Store you have many more themes and it is up to you to choose the best one for you.

Tell us, did you know these songs? do you like them? which one do you use?

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