Inactive Minibuffer

I tried it with the following settings:

(add-hook 'minibuffer-setup-hook
      (lambda ()
        (make-local-variable 'face-remapping-alist)
        (add-to-list 'face-remapping-alist '(default (:background "green")))))

(set-face-background 'minibuffer-prompt "blue")

but they only affected the active minibuffer:

Active Minibuffer

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    I believe that's also called the echo area. – Malabarba Oct 18 '14 at 12:38
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    @Malabarba: It is only called the echo area (when the minibuffer is inactive). – Drew Oct 18 '14 at 15:22

minibuffer-setup-hook is used only when the minibuffer is set up, i.e., activated, not when it is deactivated.

minibuffer-exit-hook takes effect when the minibuffer is exited. There is also minibuffer-inactive-mode-hook.

But although those do initiate the color change (as shown by adding (debug) at the beginning of the hook function, and then stepping through the debugger with d), it seems that kill-local-variables removes the added color at some point. I don't have time now to check further, but perhaps you can, or perhaps someone else has a quick solution. Sorry for providing only incomplete info.

Gotta go now - but quickly, I'm guessing that maybe you don't need to fiddle with hooks at all, and you can just do the face remapping for all buffers with names matching \` \*Minibuf-[0-9]+\*\'.

FWIW, I use a separate minibuffer frame, and I put this on minibuffer-exit-hook to color the frame background:

(defun 1on1-color-minibuffer-frame-on-exit ()
  "Change background of minibuffer frame to reflect the minibuffer depth.
Use this when reducing the minibuffer recursion depth."
  (when 1on1-minibuffer-frame
      (select-frame 1on1-minibuffer-frame)
      (cond ((= (minibuffer-depth) 2)
             (set-background-color 1on1-active-minibuffer-frame-background))
            ((< (minibuffer-depth) 2)
             (set-background-color 1on1-inactive-minibuffer-frame-background))
             (set-background-color (hexrgb-increment-hue ; Change bg hue slightly.
                                    (frame-parameter nil 'background-color)
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You might try:

(dolist (buf '(" *Echo Area 0*" " *Echo Area 1*"))
  (with-current-buffer (get-buffer buf)
    (make-local-variable 'face-remapping-alist)
    (add-to-list 'face-remapping-alist '(default (:background "green")))))
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