Styling Material-UI components using Styled-Components

Separating Component and Styling

Styling Material-UI components using Styled-Components

by John Vincent

Posted on June 1, 2018

This article describes basic styling of Material-UI components using Styled-Components.



Material-UI Styled Components

Styled Components

Material-UI Theme

Create a basic theme themes/themes.js

import { createMuiTheme } from 'material-ui/styles';

import blue from 'material-ui/colors/blue';

const baseTheme = createMuiTheme({
	palette: {
		primary: {
			c100: blue[100],
			c200: blue[200],
			light: blue[300],
			main: blue[500],
			dark: blue[700]
	typography: {
		fontFamily: '"Roboto", "Helvetica", "Arial", sans-serif',
		fontSize: 14,
		fontWeightLight: 300,
		fontWeightRegular: 400,
		fontWeightMedium: 500
	anchor: {
		main: blue[500],
		selected: blue[700]
	text: {
		home: '#fff',
		main: '#3f5742'

export { baseTheme as appTheme };

Note the theme is exported as appTheme. Thus the theme can be changed without requiring any other changes.


Example component follows, Home.jsx

import React from 'react';

import { withStyles } from 'material-ui/styles';

import Any from './Any';
import { HomeStyles, Title, MyButton } from './HomeStyles';

const Home = ({ classes }) => (
	<main className={classes.outer} role="main">
		<Any />
		<Title>App Title</Title>
		<MyButton variant="raised" component={Link} to="/More">

Home.propTypes = {
	classes: PropTypes.object.isRequired // eslint-disable-line react/forbid-prop-types

export default withStyles(HomeStyles)(Home);


Styling should be kept separate from the component.

Using styled-components


npm install styled-components --save

Create some styled components, HomeStyles.jsx

import Button from 'material-ui/Button';

import styled from 'styled-components';

import { appTheme } from '../../themes/themes';

export const Title = styled.h1`
	font-size: 2.3rem;
	font-weight: bold;
	color: ${appTheme.text.home} !important;
	@media screen and (min-width: 580px) {
		font-size: 3.4rem;

Using Material-UI Styles

Style class outer

import { appTheme } from '../../themes/themes';

const { topNavLineHeight } = appTheme;

export const HomeStyles = theme => ({
	outer: {
		position: 'relative',
		marginTop: `calc(2 * ${topNavLineHeight}px - 1px)`,
		zIndex: '-100',
		width: '100%',
		margin: '0 auto',
		lineHeight: '1.5em',
		backgroundColor: 'white'

Using Material-UI and styled-components

import Button from 'material-ui/Button';

import { appTheme } from '../../themes/themes';

const { topNavLineHeight } = appTheme;

export const MyButton = styled(Button)`
	color: ${appTheme.palette.primary.main} !important;
	background-color: ${appTheme.text.home} !important;
	text-transform: uppercase;
	padding: 0.8em 1.7em !important;
	font-size: 1.2em !important;
	font-weight: 700 !important;
	&:focus {
		cursor: pointer;
		color: ${appTheme.palette.primary.dark} !important;
		background-color: ${appTheme.palette.grey.light} !important;
		boxshadow: 0px 10px 13px -6px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2), 0px 20px 31px 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.14),
			0px 8px 38px 7px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.12) !important;
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