I like the default icons in Elementary, however when I change the icon theme to Numix it also replaces the icons in applications (for instance Midori) which looks really out of place.

Any way to change that?

Edit: What I precisely meant is that icons within applications (such as back, forward, refresh, &c) are replaced with custom ones. I want to keep those the elementary default.

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Gtk applications, like Midori, use gtk stock icons from selected theme to show actions WITHIN headerbars.

You can make a variant of the Numix theme to solve your issue.

First of all, create a new folder from terminal:

mkdir -p ~/.icons/mynumix

Copy the content of Numix theme icon folder to new one:

sudo cp -a /usr/share/icons/Numix/. ~/.icons/mynumix

Copy the gtk stock icons to "mynumix" folder:

sudo cp -a /usr/share/icons/elementary/actions/24/* ~/.icons/mynumix/24/actions/

Create icon cache for the new theme:

sudo gtk-update-icon-cache ~/.icons/mynumix

And finally, change to new theme:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'mynumix'

To restore to default theme, just execute from terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'elementary'

You can combine sizes and themes changing the words '24' and 'elementary' by your favorite ones when you copy the stock icons.

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    I would suggest to do the changes in your home directory: sudo cp /usr/share/applications/midori.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/ and follow @bitseater's instructions in the new file. Your changes will not be overwritten during midori updates.
    – mazienho
    Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 22:52
  • I do not think this is what the question asks.it is asking how to get the default icons in the application s
    – Suici Doga
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 9:42
  • This is not what I meant. The icons within the applications are changed when changing from default to Numix. Not the icons of the applications.
    – Protégé
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 11:17
  • sorry, my fault, mistranslation, I will change the answer when I get home
    – bitseater
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 19:37
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    This is an excellent, thorough answer. I'm stunned to see this down voted.
    – elmato
    Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 9:12

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