Yes, I know but I ended like the "retro" grey look. I hadn't thought about this use of banner icons and your right they do work well.
Good point on the grey background it does work quite well & I don't mind it at all, in fact I could use it without a problem
It is now a proper option for the next version.
I have just uploaded version 1.6 to the wiki
15 August 2012
*Updated for NextPVR 2.5.5
*Added the new SelectRecordingForPlayback Selection Popup
*Added the new ResolveConflict Selection Popup
*Added the new SelectArchive Selection Popup
*Updated the FindAll Popup
*Updated the Recordings skin
*Totally changed all the Setup batch files
*Added Navigation Colour Options
*Added Navigation Brightness Options
*Added Navigation Font Brightness Options
*Added Foreground Frame Options
*Added 7 Row TV Guide with bigger font Option
*Added skin for Files plugin (v1.0.4537.beta)
*Added skin for TV Listings-TV Recordings plugins (v3.6.1)
*Updated Plugin skin for MusicBox4 (v9.4)
*Updated Plugin skin for SSPlus (v1.2.0)
*Plus a pile of other changes I have totally lost count of.