Give your KDE a Plasma 5 Looks Based On Breeze Free Customization

Beautify your KDE desktop as in the accompanying screen-shots by applying just a few simple style tweaks.

Updated Oct 7, 2016Customization
KDE Breeze based customization

Sept 11, 2014: This post has an updated version which brings a much more accurate customization, resembling Plasma 5 in both appearance and functionality,  check it out here:Give your KDE a Plasma 5 Looks Via The Following Customization


As you already know, the KDE project is working hard to bring us a newer, slicker and shinier version of its famous Plasma desktop, KDE Next Gen Plasma Workspace is Getting Near Production.

While it’s still not ready for a prime-time appearance, that doesn’t mean we can’t barrow it’s design and apply it to our own KDE 4.X workspace now, does it? if the mountain won’t come to Muhammad…

So how do we do that? how do we give our desktop a refreshing face-lift without compromising its stability for that sake? Easily – by changing a few of our theming options, follow these steps:

Give Your Desktop A Refreshing Breeze

1. First, Download the following list of files needed for theming process:

2. Extract the files that need extraction, and in case you don’t have it installed by now, you’ll need to install Qtcurve using your distro package manager. On Debian and Ubuntu derivatives, open Terminal and type:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install qtcurve

3. Now move (copy) the files into their designated directories (Note: you might need to enable ‘show hidden files’ first):

  • /home/<YOUR-USER-NAME>/.kde/share/apps/QtCurve/Breeze.qtcurv
  • /home/<YOUR-USER-NAME>/.kde/share/apps/color-schemes/Breeze.colors
  • /home/<YOUR-USER-NAME>/.icons/Breeze (Mouse cursor)
  • /home/<YOUR-USER-NAME>/.kde/share/apps/desktoptheme/Evolvere
  • /home/<YOUR-USER-NAME>/.kde/share/icons/flattr-icons-kde-master

* Another method to apply these, is by going into both Application and Workspace Appearance and install the zip files from there.

4. Almost done, the last step is to apply the themes, colors, etc…
Go inside System Settings (via start menu) >> Application Appearance >> inside Style under Applications tab select Widget style: QtCurve.

Inside Colors option, under Schemes, select Breeze. Inside Icons, under Theme tab select Flattr. Go back to Overview and enter Workspace Appearance:

Inside Window Decorations select Qtcurve. Inside Cursor Theme select Breeze. Inside Desktop Theme select Evolvere.

Kde beautiful desktop

There you go, a beautiful KDE desktop!

COMMENTS (beta 4)

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Berunto Schmidt Nov '14
Looks nice, thank you very much! Only one problem: When I set Window Decorations to QtCurve, the top bar is completely transparent. So all the buttons and the Windows title fly in the air, te top bar has no background. Does anyone know what causes this problem? Opacity settings in the Window Decorations are not the solution.
kamrat Aug '14
someone needs to put together a ppa for this to be automated :D when used AUR it was such easy
Michael Phillips Oct '14 kamrat
It is easy.. not hard to put in 3 folders hehe
kamrat Oct '14 Michael Phillips
You also need to keep it updated