yeah well the new look does use rounded corners and the likes.
The big difference is the vb4 style your trying to compare to is heavily aided by graphics where as our new style is rounded corners without graphics and the like which is the difference you see. Take away the graphics in the vb
style and there would not be much difference.
If you have specific suggestions feel free to let me know. Like maybe something I have thought of more of a shading on the left and bottom to pop out the boxes a little. I literly just started doing some different styles a few days ago just because I know not all customers are going to want to use in a non forum style integration the only theme that was included in pp8 that dark one Michael did for his harleyalley site.
We are just going to be opening a beta shortly so plenty of time for customer input on what style elements they want to see.