One of the first things I did when I moved from Vista to Ubuntu was install a nice looking theme. The default Ubuntu theme is pretty decent, but I dont like the brown and when browsing posts like this and this, I knew I wanted a sexier look for my laptop.
I haven’t messed around with themes too much yet, but I can show you how to find and install themes. I would definitely recommend you change your default Ubuntu fonts as well. So lets begin.
Where To Find Ubuntu Themes
There are a number of websites which have free Ubuntu themes for download. One of those sites that I really enjoy and get most of my themes from is Gnome-Look.org. Gnome-Look offers tons of free themes, wallpapers and icons for download. I am assuming you are using gnome as your window manager. If you are, then browse under the GTK 2 themes. Choose a theme and then we will install it below.
Quick note: If you are using apps developed with the QT library (generally KDE apps) then your GTK theme will not be applied to them. You will have to try find a matching QT theme for your theming to be consistent. A nice website for KDE themes is the sister site of Gnome-Look called KDE-Look.
Installing The Theme
Now that you have the theme downloaded, we need to install it. This is a very simple process:
Firstly, goto system > preferences > appearance
Then, click install…
Now, browse for your theme (It should be a tar.gz file), click open and then click apply new theme.
And thats all there is to it. Go crazy and install as many as you want until you have the perfect theme