BlogSlog is a free WordPress theme with a clean design suitable for any blogs.
It is possible to customize the homepage quickly using WordPress Customizer. You can add a fullwidth background image and a search form, a block with information about the website, a list of featured posts from a certain category, and recent blog posts where you can exclude some categories.
You can customize the site background, upload your logo and header image, disable the sidebar if necessary.
You can use up to 5 widgetized columns in the footer (if you don’t see the widget area in Customizer, go to Appearance -> Widgets in the WordPress dashboard).