I am just nitpicking here. But wouldn’t a lighter theme be more appealing and less harsh for the eyes. ..
I just won't be able to please everyone in the theme department. . . that's one area where everyone's opinion differs, and I'd like to keep the theme unified for all users so it's going to be a bit of a compromise no matter how it looks.
I will say that I'm open to adjusting the theme (and I'm actually working on some changes now on the layout and contrast) so hang tight on that..