[–] mjmoore 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Right now, you can elect to make the taskbar and start menu use the same color scheme as whatever live tile background you selected. But I see no option to remove those colored tiles around the traditional desktop application icons. It does indeed look very ugly. It even applies it to Chrome web apps you have installed. I hope they eventually ditch that, and let the icons for metro apps have a transparent background so they can blend into the start menu as well as they blend into the taskbar.