I've also changed my own home page. I'm acutally pretty happy with it, especially the background with diagonal lines.
So I got curious messed around with the presentations page some more just to see what happens when I add a repeating maroon background with diagonal lines:
I tried it in gold, but the effect was very unpleasant. There's also a image on there made to look like it's protruding into the background-- I've never tried that before.
I also found a page on a LIS wiki, libsuccess.org, that has a lot of useful links about how to make web pages and many, many links to library websites both good and bad.