Black Splat is a 3-column template that you should like at first sight, its features are minimal when compared to the fancy 4-column templates, but its fast-loading with a neat layout.
You won't be able to experiment much with the header, except you can place a 468x60 banner ad on the right side. The menu bar is customisable with a search box appearing on the extreme right. I also liked the black and grey stripes used for the menu bar and at the end of the theme.
The main column bears a standard look, with the author and date stamp placed below the headline while the labels and comments come at the bottom of the post. The sidebar can be used for your blog description and recent posts, and then it dissects into two columns to post rest of the content.
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