# \hhline not working with \multirow and \cellcolor

I am trying to make a table with colored cells and white grid lines, in it there are some cells that cover several rows. The problem is that when I use \multirow and \cellcolor to achieve this, the horizontal line in the \multirow cel is still appearing. This is what I am getting:

And here is my code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[a4paper,margin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor}
\usepackage{tabularx,multirow,hhline,colortbl}
\usepackage{hhline}

\definecolor{M1}{RGB}{163,195,217}
\definecolor{M2}{RGB}{155,214,220}

\begin{document}
\setlength\arrayrulewidth{1pt}
\newcolumntype{L}{>{\raggedright\arraybackslash}X}
\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{>{\raggedright\arraybackslash}m{0.25\textwidth} !{\color{white}\vrule width 1pt} L !{\color{white}\vrule width 1pt} >{\raggedright\arraybackslash}p{0.25\textwidth}l}
\centering\textbf{\textcolor{white}{Ministries}} & \centering\textbf{\textcolor{white}{National Agencies}} & \textbf{\textcolor{white}{Regional Agencies}}\\
\arrayrulecolor{white}\hline
\rowcolor{M1}
Ministry of the Interior&&Regional Council of Souss-Massa\\
\arrayrulecolor{white}\hline
\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE)&\cellcolor{M2}\\
\hhline{~--}
\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}&\\
\hhline{~--}
\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}&\\
\hhline{~--}
\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}&\\
\hhline{~--}
\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}&\\
\hhline{~--}
\multirow{-6}{0.25\textwidth}{\cellcolor{M2}Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development}&\cellcolor{M2}&\cellcolor{M2}&\\
\end{tabularx}
\end{document}


Thank you for any guidance!

lie this?

what you see as rules in your table are actually gaps between cells with size of rules thicknes. they appear as rules since you have all rules in white color ...

this gaps can be colored with part of rule in multirow cell:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[a4paper,margin=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage[svgnames,table]{xcolor}
\usepackage{makecell, multirow, tabularx}
\newcolumntype{L}{>{\raggedright\arraybackslash}X}
\usepackage{hhline}

\definecolor{M1}{RGB}{163,195,217}
\definecolor{M2}{RGB}{155,214,220}

\begin{document}
\setlength\arrayrulewidth{2pt}
\arrayrulecolor{white}
\def\clinecolor{\hhline{|>{\arrayrulecolor{M2}}-%
>{\arrayrulecolor{white}}|-|-|}}
\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}%
{|
>{\hsize=0.5\hsize\columncolor{M2}}L
|
>{\columncolor{M2}}L
|
>{\hsize=0.5\hsize\columncolor{M2}}L
|
}
\hhline{|-|-|-|}
\rowcolor{M1}
Ministry of the Interior    &                           & Regional Council of Souss-Massa   \\
\hhline{|-|-|-|}
& National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE)
&                                   \\
\clinecolor
&                           &                                   \\
\clinecolor
&                           &                                   \\
\clinecolor
&                           &                                   \\
\clinecolor                                &                           &                                   \\
\clinecolor
\multirow{-7}{=}{Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development}
&                           &                                   \\
\end{tabularx}
\end{document}


in above mwe i use thead from makecel for column headers and also change the way how to color table. with this the table code is shorter and more clear. I also removed not used last column l.

• Thank you for the answer, this is the correct answer to my question, however I find a bit annoying the vector lines that this method leaves in the background, thus I ended up using a tikz matrix to do the job. Thank you so much though, it was very helpful! – Camilo Ramirez Nov 29 '17 at 19:09
• @CamiloRamirez, frankly said, i wouldn't use colored table ... (see wiert.me/2014/04/03/… why). and yes, what you like to achieve is far more easy to do in tikz. happy tex-ing! – Zarko Nov 29 '17 at 19:15