Yes, it's called Marginless Columns but the settings can be found when you inspect ROW element. Please enable Marginless Column settings:
That setting will make the 2 columns with the same height. To add background on Columns. Inspect each column.You can see a setting to add background. Either background color or click advance for background image:
To add space around the content of the column, also check padding option on Column settings.
Hope this helps.