With the update to Windows 8.1, Decor8 no longer colors the Charms bar and the Big Clock backgrounds when the mouse is hovered over the charms (and before clicking a charm). The background stays black. The option to color the Charms bar in the Options panel is gone, too. I'm comparing the current behavior that I see to how Decor8 functioned under Windows 8.
Once a charm is clicked, the background and accents get colorized as expected: according to the settings in Decor8.
Stardock reps have said in this space that Microsoft's changes to 8.1 disabled things like Start Screen tile coloring and choosing the number of rows of tiles to show. Is the same true of the Charms bar background during initial hover? Is there any way to get it back?