One unique feature of Empathy is the ability to use Adium chat themes ‚Ä” 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 ‚Ä” 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!