For years, Google Chrome has allowed users to beautify the browser with hundreds, if not thousands, of themes. Let’s take a look at some of the best Google Chrome themes you can download right now.
How to Install Chrome Themes
Installing a theme for Google Chrome is as easy as it gets. One word of warning: you should always get your themes directly from Google’s official Web Store for Themes. Barring that word of warning, to install your theme, follow the next few steps:
1. On your computer, open and start Chrome. At the top right, click on the “Menu” button which looks like three vertical dots.
2. Under “Appearance,” click on Themes. Alternatively, you can go right to the gallery by using a direct link for the Web Store.
3. Browse through a variety of thumbnails and categories to find the perfect theme for you.
4. When you find the theme you want to add, click on “Add to Chrome,” and the theme will be applied automatically. To install a different theme, repeat the process. If you want to go back to the default theme, head back to “Menu -> Appearance -> Reset to Default.”
1. Sea Foam
Sometimes it’s good to keep things simple, and to that end, Google has a vast selection of subtly tinted themes that wouldn’t look out of place adorning the walls of a beautiful townhouse. Of these elegantly named themes, a personal favorite is Sea Foam, which has a gentle pale green color that instantly makes me feel at peace.
But many of the themes in the “Published by Chrome” section are lovely, so check them all out!
2. Into the Mist
How moody can you handle your Chrome themes? Perhaps a perfect theme for Halloween or for those who appreciate a brooding atmosphere, Into the Mist is a beautiful theme that doubles as a dark themes, making it much easier on the eyes when you’re browsing in the dark or in the evenings.
3. Material Incognito Dark Theme
Using a dark mode is all the rage these in days in the tech world, so it’s fitting a Google Chrome theme exists for that. Enter Material Incognito Dark Theme, which is the same color as Chrome’s incognito window, hence the name. If you have long been a fan of that color scheme and wished it was available in the regular Chrome window, your prayers have been answered.
If you want a sense of tranquility every time you open your browser, the Beauty theme is what you need. The developer says it best: a “bright pink sunset, green plains and hilly forests … will make you open your favorite browser again and again.” There is just something incredibly serene about how this looks on Chrome. When you open your browser, you may forget what you want to do for a second or two. It’s so easy to get caught up in the beauty of the theme’s wallpaper.
Space truly is the final frontier with the Galaxy-View theme. There has always been something wondrous about looking up at the stars and knowing how small Earth is in the greater universe. This theme will remind you of that as you look up from the comfort of a beautiful forest and see the galaxy in all its beauty.
6. Iron Man-Material Design
While the Marvel movie character has long since met his untimely end, he lives on forever with the Iron Man-Material Design Chrome theme. The muted colors and vision of Iron Man ready to do battle will forever be enjoyable to view as you open a new browser tab. That it follows the material design concept ensures it will continue to look great even as Google enhances Chrome well into the future.
For anyone who wants a little vibrance in their life, the Colors theme will do just that. This theme will either distract you or provide a sense of colorful wonder. Every time you open a new tab, you will be met with a rainbow of color splotches. While the theme is mostly focused on the background wallpaper and not the address bar, it remains a large step up from the default theme.
8. Horizon Club Sydney
An abstract work based off the bridge in Sydney, Australia’s iconic harbor, Horizon Club Sydney adds mild green flair to the address bar while the wallpaper dazzles you. The abstract wallpaper is delightful to look at time and time again with a variety of shapes and colors. While nothing can replace a trip to the real harbor and Sydney proper, this Chrome theme is the next best thing.
9. Lone Tree
Another Chrome theme that begs for serenity, Lone Tree adds a feel to your browser that is entirely unique. Everything from the address bar to the wallpaper will be touched with light touches of color that emanate from the main image. There is just something beautiful about opening up the browser and staring at the beauty of a single tree.
Of all the names that could be the right fit for this Chrome theme, Indescribable is about as perfect as it gets. For those weeks and months when a vacation is not practical, the beauty of this theme will transport you to somewhere magical. The sun, the ocean and the palm trees are all begging you to visit while providing a sense of joy and tranquility.
This list barely scrapes the surface of the thousands of themes Google has made available in its Web Store. No matter what theme you choose, you can beautify your browser in a way that is all your own. Next up, why not find a Chrome extension that automates boring browsing tasks? And don’t forget to check out these Chrome flags to improve your browsing experience.