I can't do much in the way of finding a background picture to add to the options because I have horrible taste in wallpaper, but I like both of them for different reasons! The brown one is muted and would be easy on the eyes. The other is just so green though that I can't help but like it. If I had to choose between the two? Hmmm. Brown. Option 1 I believe it was.
Alright so I found three options, one I'm NOT fond of but figured I'd post it anyway and two are similar to what we're using now except the sparklie star things would work better with the text so the text doesn't get lost. On my monitor a lot of stuff gets lost in the big grey star sparklie thingies. So here's my thoughts.
Here are three more although I do prefer the one i posted above for the following reasons, it's not hard on the eyes, you do not lose your font, and lastly and the upmost importantly it showcases Toady's artwork(banner).