Adding another background layer
I need to add another background layer behind the content body to fill the rest of the page. I think some wood grain or quarry tile type of texture would be appropriate, any grainy surface to add some contrasting effect to the overall appearance, as shown here. Any texture with dissimilarity that helps to draw a distinction to the main content will do; you can pick online from many available textures.
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But I would have made the menu button more distinctive, a pinkish hue comes to mind. I also would desaturate the background a bit. It's a great color, texture and darkness, but draws the eye off a bit with the saturation. Maybe not only desaturate it but lighten up the foreground and saturate it a bit for greater focus on the content. Way cool design, though. I'm not that creative when it comes to the visual arts, but I am a critic, obviously. =|