Ok I have been reading the wp docs for the past day and have been trying to get my head around how to create a custom theme. I have mocked it up in PS to show exactly how I want it. A link is Here
The horizontal navigation bar will be for static pages, and the hover style for it will be the black gradient button as present on the home button.
The black bars in the side bar are for titles such as "Categories" and "Archives" then with a simple text links below for the content.
Does this look like it will be an easy theme to create? Or am i going to give myself some headaches if I set about it myself. I have some very basic css and html/php knowledge.