First of all free themes are well, FREE. You can simply download the theme you want and start using it.
Premium themes can be expensive and if you buy a theme and later decide you don’t want it, or discover that it doesn’t work well with plugins you really need, it can be quite difficult to get your money back.
Also, why hire a designer and developer to create a site for you when you can simply download one for free, especially if you are just starting?
Yes, it requires a lot of work at first and you might feel overwhelmed but today there are lots of sites and youtube tutorials just ready to help you organize and launch your blog.
Britt is an elegant and easy to use blog theme. With Britt, you can customize the colors, have easy access to any font from Google, feature your most important posts in a beautiful carousel or even feature your most important categories. Custom widgets are also available.
Preview and download here: https://wordpress.org/themes/britt/
Evolve is a multi-purpose WordPress theme that has recently been redesigned as a full responsive theme for all devices. It features 2 Header Layouts, a slick Bootstrap and Parallax slider with up to 5 slides on any page and a post slider for 10 posts per post category. There are a number of different slider and animated effects to move captions and images into position and then back out of frame again. Button and arrow navigation elements are shown on each slider, or slides can be automatically cycled through. Bootstrap construction makes it easy to change designs around because the theme is built on a grid-like system. Modify anything with the design, such as the logo, header, background, main colors used, and more. The FontAwesome icon pack provides Retina Ready icons that look terrific on an iPad or other HD device and at any resolution. Animate.css elements are included for slick CSS interactive effects which can be included on many different pages to create interesting animations. Infinite Scroll gives a unique loading of the blog posts.
Preview and download here: https://wordpress.org/themes/evolve/
Marvy is a free WordPress theme. It’s perfect for web agency business, corporate business, personal and parallax business portfolio, photography sites and freelancer. It is responsive, clean, modern, flat and minimal.
Preview and download here: https://wordpress.org/themes/marvy/
Classic and Elegant WordPress Theme with two columns, unlimited colors and theme options by CrestaProject.com.
Preview and download here: https://wordpress.org/themes/nucleare/
RestImpo is an easily customizable WordPress multipurpose theme. It is a fully responsive theme that allows for easy viewing on any device. It can be adapted to your needs using the Theme Customizer. RestImpo theme offers 6 pre-defined color schemes, 220 Google fonts, custom widgets for displaying the latest posts from the selected category, 2 menu areas, social networking icons, theme documentation and much more.
Preview and download here: https://wordpress.org/themes/restimpo/
Shift is a clean and customizable theme made for businesses and bloggers. Present your best content in a beautiful, easy-to-read design across mobile devices, tablets, and widescreen monitors with Shift.
Preview and download here: https://wordpress.org/themes/shift/
Spacious is an incredibly spacious multipurpose responsive theme coded & designed with a lot of care and love. You can use it for your business, portfolio, blogging or any type of site. It has 4-page layouts, 2-page templates, 4 blog display types, 13 widgets areas, 5 custom widgets focusing on business template, awesome slider, primary color option to match your logo & website, boxed & wide layout, light & dark color skin, translation ready and many more.
Preview and download here: https://wordpress.org/themes/spacious/
xMag is a free Magazine WordPress Theme. It features a simple and elegant design. This theme comes with great features for magazine, blog and news websites.
Preview and download here: https://wordpress.org/themes/xmag/
And please, if you have any more examples I would be happy to check them out! 🙂