What is a shadow gap? How to use this design feature in your project

Minimalist white room with shadow gap instead of skirting boards
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What is a shadow gap? There’s a clue in the name, in simple terms it's a gap or recess that creates a shadow. But there is so much more to discover about it. It can be used throughout the home to create different design aesthetics that work perfectly in a modern minimalist space.

Not only does it look good, but it has practical uses as well. If you want you can say goodbye to painting skirting boards. Introducing a shadow gap will negate the need for them altogether. And this is only just one of its many uses.

Here we look at where else you can use a shadow gap, what sizes work well and how to install one.  

What is a shadow gap?

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.