Shades of Gray is not a theme for WordPress itself, but a skin for the WordPress Sandbox theme. Shades of Gray is a minimalist, two column fluid-width theme. It is primarily a grayscale skin but could easily be modified to use whatever colors you desired. If you would like to play around with the skin in the wild feel free to download it and give it a try.
Installing Shades of Gray is simple. Just follow the steps below.
1. Upload the sandbox-shadesofgray folder to your Sandbox folder in the wp-content/themes/ on your server.
2. Edit the default Sandbox style.css file, so that it loads the Shades of Gray skin. You can do this by replacing current @import url… line with this one:
@import url(â€™sandbox-Shades of Gray/style.cssâ€™);
Download the skin from the Sandbox Design page.
Note that you must have Sandbox installed to use Shades of Gray, if you donâ€™t have Sandbox you can get it here.
Modifying Shades of Gray
Feel free to modify Shades of Gray in any way you like. To make the skin your own you should replace the icon in the top left corner of the screen and the panoramic image spreading across the top of the page with images of your own. In addition, the Shades of Gray skin includes numerous print styles to format the page for printing and is also designed to format a WordPress category named ‘Asides’ differently than other categories. Either one of these can be changed or removed entirely. More details on how to to this is in the readme file in the download.
License & Credits
Shades of Gray is released under the GNU General Public License, meaning you can do pretty much whatever you want with it, but a link back to lesliefranke.com is always appreciated. Of special note some of the icons in Shades of Gray have been adapted from the “Mini” (http://www.famfamfam.com/lab/icons/mini/) icon collection by Mark James and the Feed Icons are from http://www.feedicons.com/.