The best custom, minimalist themes for Obsidian Notes


Hi friends! If you’re just getting started with using Obsidian MD for personal knowledge management, or if you’re revising your digital note-taking system, you might be looking for a way to make Obsidian look a little more custom and polished.

Obsidian is a very powerful tool for building your personal knowledge management system– it’s a wonderful personal knowledge management app. At the same time, Obsidian doesn’t have quite the same aesthetic appeal as Notion or Bear Notes right out of the box.

If you want a fresh look for your Obsidian database and digital notes in 2022, check out these beautiful, custom Obsidian CSS themes. You can click through to the Github link for each to access theme documentation and download the files.

5 of the best minimalist digital note-taking themes for Obsidian in 2022

Obsidian Theme – Things (inspired by Cultured Code)

Created by: Colin Eckert – @colineckert
URL: https://github.com/colineckert/obsidian-things

Obsidian Theme – Minimal

Created by: Stephan Ango – @kepano
URL: https://github.com/kepano/obsidian-minimal

Obsidian Theme – Primary

Created by: Cecilia May
URL: https://github.com/ceciliamay/obsidianmd-theme-primary

Obsidian Theme – Red Graphite (inspired by Bear Notes)

Created by: @SeanWgamer
URL: https://github.com/seanwcom/Red-Graphite-for-Obsidian

Obsidian Theme – Notation (inspired by Notion)

Created by: Gordon Pederson – @death_au
URL: https://github.com/deathau/Notation-for-Obsidian

Where to find custom Obsidian themes

Obsidian MD Forum

Want to explore beyond these themes? The best place to search for themes is in the Obsidian forums. They’re an active community, filled with helpful users who are passionate about personal knowledge management apps and system. Check out this CSS themes showcase thread in the Obsidian forum to get started.


The Obsidian subreddit is also a good place to browse for recommended themes. Reddit users who are fans of Obsidian are keen to share and recommend their own preferred custom themes.

GitHub Roundup

Magnus Aasrud (@kmaasrud) (@kmaasrud) maintains an impressive, curated list of Obsidian themes (as well as plugins, templates, and other resources) over at Awesome Obsidian.

How to install custom Obsidian themes

Looking for a step-by-step tutorial on how to install a custom Obsidian theme? Check out this helpful video and written tutorial guide to getting a custom Obsidian theme or style set up and installed from The Sweet Setup.

PS – Hi friend! 👋 If you’re searching for note taking tips and tutorials like this one, you might be the kind of person who’s interested in personal knowledge management.

If you’re a creative, idealistic professional who would like to create an intentional, mindful, flexible personal knowledge management system that fits your busy life, the Calmer Notes method may be the right fit for you.

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