This is my current Start Screen, it's a little empty as I'm recovering from a hard drive death...
Upside is, Decor8 has been updated, which now allows you to use your Desktop wallpaper as well as a few options, such as Blur, Fade, Color, or Contrast. I currently have a Christmas in New York theme going, and I have a slideshow, and it's on my Start Screen!
Also, I want to say this to say this, I'm a Windows 8 lover and this is one example at how it's not a perfect GODsent OS without flaws. The concept of having the Desktop wallpaper blurred or darken out when you go to the Start Screen is an idea I had when Windows 8 was first shown off last summer. That way, the Desktop and Start wouldn't feel too separate.
Opera adds some nice color
I might put a background through a third party software. just have to schedule that into my busy Xmas schedule sometime.
WOW! Some of those are beautiful. I havent bothered to do much to mine except some moving and renaming of tiles to make it a bit more user friendly. And I pinned my most used programs to it but otherwise its pretty standard. When I upgrade to Pro retail in the next few weeks I will try some mods and post my results. Wenda.