One unique feature of Empathy is the ability to use Adium chat themes â€” which is great for those looking to have a different chat layout during IM’s.
To install any of the following themes you simply extract the downloaded archive and move the *.AdiumMessageStyle into the following folder (which you may need to create!):
Once installed you can start using your chat theme right away by selecting it from Preferences > Themes.
Based on OS X’s iChat message layout.
A Empathy theme that blends in flawlessly with the Dust GTK theme.
Quirky, but definitely unique!
Sleek and minimal â€” great for similar GTK themes.
This theme does have the ability to have different background, but i haven’t had chance to play around much with it yet to find out how!