I have only recently been introduced to WordPress, so a bit of a novice and thankfully I discovered the Parabola theme, after trying a few others. It is really very customizable to a great level and allows a lot of creativity. New releases (fine tunes) are being made on a regular basis as it's finding its feet, like me! A really easy to follow "Settings area" and easy exporting and importing of settings made is a real bonus.
I would happily recommend it for a user with limited coding abilities who wants a great looking site!