What are the best themes for Chromebooks?

Since your Chromebook uses the Chrome browser, you can customize the look and feel of it to suit your mood and interests. The Chrome Web Store is packed with myriad themes, so we went in a pulled out a few of the best, just in case you didn't feel like slogging through.

These themes won't change your Chromebook's background or layout, but they'll definitely make your Chrome browsing experience more enjoyable or more functional, depending on your preference.

Remember: You don't have to use the same theme on all of your devices that have Chrome! You can have a different theme to suit every experience and every purpose.

Space themes

Sometimes you just need to space out and enjoy the heavens while you're cruising your Chromebook.

Universe: Alison Goldsmith


This is a beautiful theme that extends beyond the home screen up onto the address bar. If you enjoy a serene spacescape, this is the theme for you.

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: Universe (free)

Space Planet: Thee Pupil

Space Planet

This is a very serene theme to get you in a mellow mode whilst using your Chromebook. Take a trip by Saturn (or what looks like Saturn, anyway) and enjoy the calmness of the cosmos.

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: Space Planet (free)

A Crack in Time and Space: Greg Cordover

A Crack in Time and Space

Get a little wibbly wobbly with A Crack in Time and Space by Greg Cordover. This is a Dr. Who-inspired theme for your Chromebook that's vague enough to be enjoyed by all, but specific enough to please the Whovian within.

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: A Crack in Time and Space (free)

Earth: Thee Pupil


Earth's a beautiful place when you stop and look around. Now you can stop and look around from space with Three Pupil's Earth theme for your Chromebook. Your tabs flip between green and blue, making this a theme that extends beyond your home screen, taking a piece of Earth with you to every web page you visit!

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: Earth (free)

Minimalist themes

Some themes can be altogether distracting. If you want to personalize your Chromebook but want to keep things simple and refined, a minimalist theme is the way to go.

Slinky Elegant- slinky.me

Slinky Elegant

Slinky Elegant is the little black dress of Chrome themes. It's simple, jet black, and entirely unobtrusive.

Download: Slinkey Elegant (free)

Black carbon + silver metal: bitofcode.net

Black carbon + silver metal

Black carbon + silver metal is about as simple as it gets for Chrome themes, given that it only affects the address bar and tabs. It's highly effective, though, if you're looking to jump between tabs and apps quickly, since each tab stands out nicely from the background.

Download: Black carbon + silver metal (free)

Dark Vibe: Bjarki Jónasson

Dark Vibe

This gorgeous theme is a dark gradient that goes from black to a deep, deep blue. If you're trying to focus on the task at hand and want nothing in your background to stand out, then Bjarki Jónasson's Dark Vibe theme is the perfect solution.

Download: Dark Vibe (free)

Classic blue theme: bitofcode.net

Classic blue theme

If you want an unobtrusive theme but would perhaps like something a bit more cheerful than black, the Classic blue theme will suit your needs nicely. This theme only affects your address bar and tabs with a lovely two-tone blue that hearkens back to Windows XP.

Download: Classic blue theme (free)

Nature themes

Just because you're inside enjoying your Chromebook doesn't mean you can't indirectly enjoy nature.

Beautiful Landscape: www.chromeposter.com

Beautiful Landscape

This is an awesome full theme that affects all aspect of Chrome, which is great for those who want their theme to affect every aspect of their Chromebook experience. Two-tone tabs let you know which tab you're presently on by turning it a lovely grassy green. If you'd like your Chromebook to be a functional Bob Ross painting, then Beautiful Landscape is where it's at.

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: Beautiful Landscape (free)

The Simple Life: Jallacy

The Simple Life

Do you dream of the simple life and want be reminded of that dream every time you open a new tab or look at your background? The Simple Life theme by Jallacy features a lovely little cabin nestled in the mountains, presumably on a farm where happy little crops grow.

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: The Simple Life (free)

Indescribable: atavi.com


If you're tired of the rat race and dream of a vacation destination with crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches, then download the Indescribable theme. It'll soothe your workaday woes and perhaps provide a bit of inspiration as you slog through work in search of the weekend. (Inb4 "Why'd you describe Indescribable?")

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: Indescribable (free)

Palau HD: t22sai

Palau HD

Now and then we all need some jellyfish. Whether they're for racing through like Marlin and Dory, or for making peanut butter and jellyfish jelly sandwiches, they're just lovely to look at. Palau HD is another escapist theme for your Chromebook that'll allow you to take a breath now and then and take you out of your immediate surroundings and toss you in the ocean.

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: Palau HD (free)

Comic book themes:

Who doesn't love a great comic book theme?

Deadpool [FVD]: coolchromethemes.com

Deadpool [FVD]

Time to make the chimi-f**in'-changas and grab this sweet Deadpool theme for your Chromebook. If your common sense is tingling at all, then you'll download it. No you won't. Yes you will. No you won't. OK, of course you will. Get the Merc with a Mouth on your Chromebook now!

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: Deadpool [FVD] (free)

Iron Man-Material Design-: JamesB

Iron Man-Material-Design

If you like a blend of comic book and minimalist themes, this Iron Man theme is your bag, baby. The colors are muted and mellow and Iron Man floats in the center, a sentry guarding your Chromebook.

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: Iron Man-Material Design- (free)

Flash [FVD]: coolchromethemes.com

Flash [FVD]

Fan of the CW's Flash? Why not wear your fandom loudly and proudly on your Chromebook? Central City's Scarlet Speedster makes for a great Chromebook theme with the muted red of his suit being just as easy on the eyes as Grant Gustin.

Download: Flash [FVD] (free)

Batman: SpliffMobile.com


If you're a fan of the Arkham games and Batman in general, this theme is right up your Crime Alley. It features an image of the Dark Knight from Arkham City, along with the Bat Symbol front and center, just in case you didn't know this was a Batman theme.

Resolution: 1920x1080

Download: Batman (free)

Pokémon themes

Pokémon is where it's at right now, so why wouldn't you be playing Pokémon in the streets and then come home to Pokémon on your Chromebook? POKÉMON!!!

Ghost Pokémon: Suchy

Ghost Pokémon

Everyone's favorite creepy, purple family, Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar take their place on your Chromebook and then take their place in your dreams (where they eat them). I'm not sure of this theme's resolution, but I'm working on a 5k Mac and it's the first one to stretch to fit my browser, which is almost full screen. This is an excellent theme for any Pokémon fan.

Download: Ghost Pokémon (free)

Wobbuffet: lincolnstoel


WOOOOOOOBBUFFET! Come on. The perennial Team Rocket jokester, let Wobbuffet onto your Chromebook and into your heart. This theme will stretch to fit any screen and the Wobbuffet-blue background is gorgeous and easy on the eyes. You can see the jagged edges where the Wobbuffet and Poké Ball tab images were cut out a little bit, but it's easy to get past.

Download: Wobbuffet (free)

Pokemon: Legendary pokemons theme: zigrass

Pokemon: Legendary pokemons theme

How great would it be if someone rendered the Legendary Bird Pokémon as realistic Chinese art-style animals? Boom! Legendary pokemons theme by zigrass! Yes, the title is a bit off, but the imagery is allll legendary.

Download: Legendary pokemons theme (99 cents)

Pokemon Red: RatchetV

Pokemon Red

Do you dream of riding a Charizard into the fiery crucible of battle? Well, you can't, but your Chromebook can with the Pokemon Red theme by Ratchet V. Allow gorgeously rendered fan art to grace your Chromebook in muted colors that are gorgeous when viewing the full image but unobtrusive when you're not.

Download: Pokemon Red (free)

What's your theme?

Everybody's gotta have a theme. What theme are you using on your Chromebook? Sound off in the comments below!