Setting the background color of a JTable inside a JScrollPane

Try the following (JDK1.3+):

   scrollPane.getViewport().setBackground(table.getBackground());

Main.java:

import java.awt.event.*;
import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
 
public class Main extends JFrame 
{
   public Main() {
      super("Table example, Wines from Bordeaux");
 
      Object[][] tabledata = {
            { "Chateau Meyney, St. Estephe", 	   new Integer(1994), "$18.75"},
            { "Chateau Montrose, St. Estephe", 	   new Integer(1975), "$54.25" },
            { "Chateau Gloria, St. Julien", 	   new Integer(1993), "$22.99" },
            { "Chateau Beychevelle, St. Julien",   new Integer(1970), "$61.63" },
            { "Chateau La Tour de Mons, Margeaux", new Integer(1975), "$57.03" },
            { "Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Margeaux",  new Integer(1978), "$49.92" },
      };
 
      String columnheaders[] = { "Wine", "Vintage", "Price" };
 
      JTable table = new JTable(tabledata, columnheaders);
      table.setPreferredScrollableViewportSize(new Dimension(500, 70));
 
      table.setBackground(Color.red);
  
      JScrollPane scrollPane = new JScrollPane(table);
      scrollPane.getViewport().setBackground(table.getBackground());
 
      getContentPane().setLayout(new BorderLayout());
      getContentPane().add(BorderLayout.CENTER, scrollPane);
 
      addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter() {
         public void windowClosing(WindowEvent we) {
            System.exit(0);
         }
      });
   }
 
   public static void main(String []args) {
      Main main = new Main();
      main.setSize(550, 300);
      main.setVisible(true);
   }
}