Best Kodi Skins – How to Change the Way Kodi Looks (2017 Edition)

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The default Kodi skin is functional.  But it’s also a bit dull looking.  If you want to change the way Kodi looks, all you have to do is switch to a different skin.  Read on for screenshots and detailed reviews of 10 of the very best Kodi skins.

Before you proceed

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How To Look for New Kodi Skins

Fresh new Kodi skins are only a few clicks away.  If you want to change the way Kodi looks, just navigate to the “appearance” submenu via “settings” and then open up “skins.”  Next, click “get more.”

system → settings → appearance → skins → get more

What’s the difference between Kodi builds and Kodi skins?

Builds come with 3rd party addons.  But skins do not.  That’s the main difference.

Skins change what your menus look like.  They also give you a new set of wallpaper to look at– and that’s about it.

If you’re happy with your addons but you want to change the way your Kodi looks, you need a new skin.  Otherwise, you should get a new build.

The 10 Best Kodi Skins

The 10 Kodi skins listed below are some of the most popular and well-liked skins out there right now.

Do you know about any cool yet underrated skins that are not on this list?  If so, drop us a line in the comment section below and let us know which skin you’re using.

1. Aeon Nox

Aeon Nox is one of the most popular Kodi skins after Kodi’s default skin, Confluence.  Fans of Aeon Nox like it because it is fast, easy to use and works pretty well on almost any system.

Author: BigNoid

Movies menu page

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A screenshot of AeonNox’s movies menu page.

I like the way AeonNox’s main menu is organized.  The fonts look good and are easy to read.  Also weather info and the date appears above the main bar.  I also like the “latest movie” box on the right.

TV shows menu page

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A screenshot of AeonNox’s TV shows menu page.

This is another view of AeonNox.  Personally, I prefer AeonNox’s white menu bar better than its black one.

Movies detail page

A screenshot of AeonNox’s TV shows movies detail page.

I like skins that pull lots of info from IMDB.  Via this screen, you can find out who directed and wrote the movie before you watch it.  You can also see its IMDB rating, runtime and the year that it came out.  The “New” and “Watched” ribbons are quite convenient, too.

2. Nebula

Nebula is a light colored skin with a lot of features.  It’s one of the few skins that you’ll find that has touch support.  If you hook Nebula up to your cable, you can connect to your TV guide and even set up your Personal Video Recorder (PVR) device.

Author: Tgx

Music page

A screenshot of Nebula’s music page.

I’m not a big fan of the rather cheesy artwork featured on this view of Nebula’s music page.  However, I do like the way that it allows you to instantly find new music via the “recommended” and “random” buttons.

TV Guide page

A screenshot of Nebula’s TV guide page.

This is what Nebula looks like after you connect it to your cable box.  Just click a box to pull up a show or schedule a recording.

Movie detail page

A screenshot of Nebula’s movie detail page.

Nebula’s movie detail page manages to pack a lot of images and info into a small space.  This view would probably look really nice on a large HD TV screen.

3. Amber

Amber is unique because it allows you to switch from a horizontal to a vertical menu.  Like AeonNox, it’s lightweight compared to most skins and runs well on any platform.

Author: Pecinko

Movie menu page

A screenshot of Amber’s movie menu page.

This is a view of what Amber looks like with a horizontal menu bar.  The menu bar looks stylish, but it takes up too much space on the screen.

Movie detail page

A screenshot of Amber’s movie detail page.

I hate it when skin designers try to force large lumps of text into small spaces.  But I like the way that Amber gives lots of space for the movie description here.  The extra room given to the plot summary allows you to read the entire thing without having to scroll.

Movie menu page (alternate view)

A screenshot of an alternate view of Amber’s movie menu page.

Here’s what Amber looks like with a horizontal menu setup.

4. Black Glass Nova

Back Glass Nova is simple and straightforward, but still looks nice– especially on large HD screens.  Via Black Glass Nova’s settings menu, you can customize its home page, download art and setup widgets.

Author: Tgx

Movies page

A screenshot of Black Glass Nova’s movies page.

This skin crams a lot of movies onto one page.  If you have a small screen, you may have trouble using this view.  But it probably looks quite good on large displays.

Movie detail page

A screenshot of Black Glass Nova’s movie detail page.

If you’ve hooked your Kodi up to a home theater system, the icons below the movie description will help you find flicks that are dolby 5.1 compatible.  Also, the DVD-sliding-out-of-its-box design on the left is a nice touch.

TV shows page

A screenshot of Black Glass Nova’s TV shows page.

Personally, I prefer word-centric menus over image-centric ones.  However, the elegant fonts and borders around the thumbnail images here do look quite good.

5. Mimic

Mimic is another streamlined, lightweight build that’s quick and works pretty well on all devices.  Mimic’s settings menu allows you to change the color scheme, customize your home page and add fan art.  One of the best things about this skin is that it has built-in support for touchscreen devices.

Author: bryanbrazil

Music page

A screenshot of Mimic’s music page

The music page is just a simple carousel of album artwork.  But it’s very intuitive and easy to figure out.  Just click the singer or band you want to hear and push play.

TV shows page

A screenshot of Mimic’s TV shows page

This view of Mimic’s TV shows page doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for words.  Other skins do a better job of displaying plot info and descriptions.  I do like the fact that it displays IMDB rating info on the right, though.

TV shows (main menu)

A screenshot of Mimic’s TV shows main menu page

Mimic’s TV shows main page features a widget that displays recommendations.  If you hover over a show, you can find out specific info about the show you’re about to watch (episode number & air date).  I like Mimic’s semi-transparent widgets and menu bar.

6. ReFocus

Like Mimic and Nebula, ReFocus also has support for touchscreen devices.  It’s also one of the few skins that features a vertical menu bar.  ReFocus allows you to customize its widgets, home page and download your own fan art.

Author: Jeroen

TV shows

A screenshot of ReFocus’s TV shows page

This ReFocus view lets you know exactly how many episodes you need to watch to catch up on your favorite shows.  Other skin makers should figure out how to copy what the ReFocus designers have done here.

New episodes page

A screenshot of ReFocus’s new episodes page

ReFocus’s “new episodes” view is just as tremendously useful as its TV show titles page.  If you hate cycling through old TV show episodes from years ago, just pull up “new episodes” to take a look at the most current episodes that just came out.

Main menu

A screenshot of ReFocus’s main menu

ReFocus’s vertical menu takes up lots of room on the screen.  The menu’s low-key fonts and color scheme are nice, though.

7. Eminence

Eminence lacks some of the features found in other skins.  However, it does have a very slick looking and intuitive navigation system.  Also, it’s lightning fast.  If you don’t care about customization options and you just want a skin that’s fast and looks cool, give Eminence a spin.

Author: jurialmunkey

Media center page

A screenshot of Eminence’s Media Center page

Eminence’s stylish transparent menus look cool.  However, Eminence often doesn’t leave much room for text.  You have to click the tiny caption ten times if you want to find out what The Prestige is about.

Library page

A screenshot of Eminence’s Library page

The checkmark / bullet icons on the left side probably indicate whether or not you’ve seen the episode.  The number on the right most likely represents each episode’s IMDB rating.

Main menu

A screenshot of Eminence’s main menu

In my opinion, the Eminence skin has the very best looking main menu page.  I like the intuitive icons and the way they’re arranged on the screen.  Forget Confluence.  This is what Kodi is supposed to look like.

8. Xperience 1080

Xperience 1080 is designed for high resolution (1920 x 1080) displays.  With this skin you get lots of features including customizable home menu items, a unique horizontal menu bar and more.

Author: Piers

Music menu page

A screenshot of Xperience 1080’s music menu page

Xperience 1080’s music page is basic.  But I do like the way that its design scheme is centered around the playlist.  It allows you to quickly find out the next song on the list and view the most recent songs that you’ve already played.

Movies menu page

A screenshot of Xperience 1080’s movies menu page

Xperience 1080’s icon oriented layout is not my style.  I also think that the YouTube and Vimeo icons should be moved to a different page.

TV shows menu page

A screenshot of Xperience 1080’s TV shows menu page

Even though Xperience 1080 is designed for large screens, this particular view would probably look nice on smartphone devices and tablets.  The “unwatched episodes” caption is a nice touch.

9. Transparency

Transparency is yet another customizable skin that’s simple and easy to use out-of-the-box.  If you’re looking for a skin that allows you to select your own fanart, give Transparency a whirl.

Author: ronie

Music menu screen

A screenshot of Transparency’s music menu screen.

The realistic looking CD-coming-out-of-its-jewel-case icon on the left looks kind of cool.  It’s also charmingly retro, in a way.  Remember when people had to pop CD-ROMs into their disc players every time they wanted to listen to music?

Movie details page

A screenshot of Transparency’s movie details page.

Most skins don’t allow enough space for text.  But this view of Transparency allows you to read an entire plot summary without having to scroll down or click “next” or “read more.”  The wallpaper looks quite cool as well.

Movie overview page

A screenshot of Transparency’s movie overview page.

I’m honestly not quite sure what to think about this page.  It looks cool.  But what do the weird little boxes on the right mean?

10. Ace

Ace is super fast, but it also has a ton of customization options.  You can easily change just about every aspect of this skin.  It doesn’t support Live TV or PVR, though.

Music menu page

A screenshot of Ace’s music page.

The designers behind Ace did a good job on their music page.  Most skin designers spend most of their time and energy designing movie and TV show pages.  Ace’s music menu page is interesting because it gives you lots of information about the artists, individual songs and albums.  I also like the nice big playlist box on the top section of the screen.

Theme selection page

A screenshot of Ace’s theme selection page.

This skin’s major strength is its customizability.  If you get bored of the way Ace looks, one flip of a switch on this page will change everything.  You can even download “extrapacks” that give you new ways to change Ace’s looks.

Exit main menu page

A screenshot of Ace’s exit main menu page.

This particular Ace theme features a yellow menu bar with leafy pattern wallpaper.