I had trouble getting my vi editor to display all black background color. This includes the background color after the end of the file. I just wanted an all black background for better visibility. I did a little bit of googling and found this nice little gem. I happen to like the dessert theme and went with that instead of the recommended mustang theme which I don’t have installed. Hope you’ll find this helpful.

<pre lang="bash">
set t_Co=256
set background=dark
colorscheme dessert
highlight Normal ctermbg=NONE
highlight nonText ctermbg=NONE