i think the color pads on the Deluge are not distracting but very helpful in letting you do great things,
for example: you can have 3 different HIHAT tracks within one pattern and you can give them the color of your choice
and then pick out any of those 3 (while the other 2 get muted automatically if you want).
you freely can customize your workflow and in studio or live you don't have to check, oh, where's the hihat now?
that's a good thing, isn't it?