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Animal Crossing New Horizons Perfectionist Island Guide

The ultimate guide to make your Animal Crossing New Horizons Island the place of your dreams.

New Horizons has been out for a while and many of us have poured an endless amount of hours into the game. I like my island, there is a lot of personality and every part I touched has something I enjoy seeing.

However, there is still a bit of empty space or themed areas that feel repetitive or just not as fun as they could be. But sometimes I lack the inspiration to make a change.

Luckily millions of players online have come up with stunning ideas that you can use to draw some inspiration for your own island. You might just want to take their idea and put your own spin on it or perhaps it sparks a whole new concept!

Either way its always fun to look at what other players have done with their islands. If you are part of the myPotatoGames family you may be familiar with the “Get inspired” series that has quickly become so popular that many players out there are using it to turn islands into literal paradises.

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I have combined all these series into one article making it even easier to find the ones you may want to check out. No matter if you look for inspirational ideas to fill little pesky empty spaces on your island, or if you want to build a theme park and want to see what is possible! Take a look below for all the inspiration you need to create a paradise!

Amusement Park Layouts

As soon as I watched the Animal Crossing: New Horizons trailer back in March showcasing a theme park being constructed, I knew I needed one ASAP. Well it’s now November, and I’m still without a theme park unfortunately. I had put off making one as I had hoped Nintendo would add more amusement park-related in-game items via updates. 

But it turns out not only had players created awesome theme/amusement parks, but cute carnivals, Jurassic Park-inspired attractions, and zoos (to name just a few) also!

Get inspired with these Amusement Park Layouts in Animal Crossing New Horizons

Paradise Garden and Campsite Layout Ideas

Not sure where to start or what sort of look to go for? No worries! Here are some amazing Animal Crossing: New Horizons garden and outdoor area ideas to use as inspiration. 

In addition – having a campsite in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be a super cute little addition to your island. As well as the aesthetic value of making a campsite, the process is also fun and therapeutic. With many of us having missed out on our usual summer holidays, having a cozy virtual campsite can somewhat make up for this. 

Get Inspired With These Gorgeous Animal Crossing: New Horizons Garden Ideas!

Nook’s Cranny Exterior Designs

In previous games, players were limited when decorating their Able Sisters and Nook’s Cranny exteriors. Pixelated paths were basically the only way of landscaping in Animal Crossing: Wild World. I remember trying to spruce up my Animal Crossing: Wild World shops by using mismatched flowers from Tom Nook (when I wasn’t putting them around my house). 

Not used to decorating the exteriors of shops in the games, I had no clue where to start. The outside areas of Able Sisters and Nook’s Cranny on my island remained pitifully drab until REALLY recently. Are you in the same boat?

Get inspired by these Nook’s Cranny exteriors from Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Adorable Pier Design Ideas

The pier in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (known as the dock in previous games), has proven pesky to decorate due to being too narrow and small.

As a result, I haven’t yet decorated my pier, despite owning the game for well over six months. Wanting to rectify this, I decided to scour the web for some ideas. I wasn’t disappointed. My search yielded piers transformed into wonderful wharves, relaxing reading spots and peaceful picnic areas. 

I made the assumption that some players were ‘in the same boat’. And so, I compiled a few of my favourite piers, to share with you in this article right here.

Get Inspired And Perfect Your Pier In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Uniquely Clever Animal Crossing: New Horizons Design Ideas

Intrigued by the incredible imagination of players and their ability to plug practically any in-game gap, I decided to search for even more examples of clever creations. 

I regret to inform you that I couldn’t find one single example. Nothing. Nada. Error 404 ‘ACNH fan creativity’ not found. …. Pffft. That’ll be the day. 

Here are a few of my favourite creative and clever Animal Crossing: New Horizons design ideas. 

Get Inspired With These Seriously Clever Animal Crossing: New Horizons Design Ideas.

Perfect Peninsula Design Ideas

And design ideas I found! From terraformed terrain with lighthouses, to picturesque picnic spots for teddy bears, I discovered that there are plenty of creative ways to fill these spaces on your island. Whilst many more examples exist, here are a few of the best peninsula design ideas from Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Get Inspired With These Perfect Peninsula Design Ideas.

Spooky Island Design Ideas

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween event may be over for this year, players may still want to decorate their islands in a spooky way. Animal Crossing: New Horizons now features a bunch of scary items you can use to decorate your island.

Get Inspired With these Spooky and middle Scary Island Ideas.

Island Entrance Designs


The entrance to your island is the first thing that other players will see when visiting. Therefore if you want to leave a lasting impression and wow from the very start, it makes sense to make your entrance magnificent. If you’re unsure on how to go about this, why not use these awesome Animal Crossing: New Horizons entrances as inspiration.

Get Inspired With absolutely stunning Island Entrance Designs.

Able Sisters Exteriors

In previous games, players were limited when decorating their Able Sisters’ exteriors. Pixelated paths were basically the only way of landscaping in Animal Crossing: Wild World. I remember trying to spruce up my Animal Crossing: Wild World shops by using mismatched flowers from Tom Nook.

I also remember crudely insulting the tanuki tycoon on the bulletin board, but that’s for another time (and probably another place). But even using flowers to decorate was difficult due to the darn pavement beneath the shops. 

Get inspired with these Able Sisters Exteriors.

Rad Rock Areas

The flat rocks by the beaches are the most frustrating areas. Small and weirdly-shaped, these rocks have angered me from day one. To make matters worse, there are few articles dedicated solely to Animal Crossing: New Horizons rock areas.

As a result, I decided to gather in this article my favorite ways in which people have been filling these spaces. Onsens, smoothie cafes, and places to wash socks, there’s inspiration for everyone on how to jazz up those rocks. From the cutest of painting spots right next to the sea, to relaxing spaces where your player can drink tea. 

The creative ways that players are using these areas are seriously clever. Make sure to carry on reading to see some rad Animal Crossing: New Horizons rock areas.

Get Inspired With These Rad Rock Areas.

Campsite Ideas

Having a campsite in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be a super aesthetic little addition to your island. As well as the aesthetic value of making a campsite, the process is also fun and therapeutic. With many of us having missed out on our usual summer holidays, having a cozy virtual campsite can somewhat make up for this. 

However, you might be needing some inspiration. The many items and customization options available can often be a little overwhelming. Are you looking to change your island up? Maybe after months of gameplay, you don’t have a lot of space and need some smaller campsite ideas? Wherever you fall, we’ve got you covered with these super cool Animal Crossing: New Horizons campsite ideas. If you’ve not yet built the campsite, the below steps explain how.

Get inspired with these super cool Campsite ideas.

Impressive Interiors Designs

From the more traditional bedrooms and bathrooms, to games rooms and rooms inspired by pop culture, there are thousands of incredible interior designs to be discovered on the web. Although we can’t show them all, here are just a few impressive interiors from Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Get Inspired With These Impressive Interiors.

Beautiful Beach Ideas

Summer may be over in the real world, but it doesn’t have to end in the virtual world. With an abundance of beach areas surrounding your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island, you can experience (albeit sometimes snowy), paradise all year round! However, if you’re stuck as to what to do with those pesky shaped areas, not to worry! Here are some beautiful Animal Crossing: New Horizons beach ideas to inspire you. 

Get Inspired With These Beautiful Beach ideas.

Wonderful Waterfall Designs

The waterscaping tool in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be both a blessing and a curse. You’ll likely have seen islands that prove that the tool can be used to create some breathtaking designs. However, that’s not to say it can’t be hard to know where to start when waterscaping.

In order to get those creative juices flowing, why not use these wonderfall waterfall designs from Animal Crossing: New Horizons as inspiration?

Get Inspired With These Wonderful Waterfall Designs.

Stunning Island Designs

If you’re like many of us, and struggling for ideas on how to improve your island, then look no further. From gyms, to playgrounds to everything in between, here are some of the most stunning Animal Crossing: New Horizons island designs!

Get Inspired With These Stunning Island Designs.

Stunning Pumpkin Patch

The Animal Crossing New Horizons Halloween update has brought a whole new crop to plant. The Halloween update may be over but this pumping patch ideas are just too adorable to pass on.

Get inspired for next year or create an all year around Halloween section on your island, why not?

Decoy Ducks

If you are lucky enough to get a decoy duck DIY recipe, then you too will be able to create your very own duck models! Although initially coming in a boring brown color when crafted, there are a variety of different ducks to choose from when customizing them. 

After you’ve made and customized a few ducks, the fun begins! Sure, you could just build ’em a cute pond or place them on cliffs aesthetically, but where’s the fun in that?

Random Things You Probably Didn’t Think Of Doing With Decoy Ducks.

Max

myPotatoGames was founded out of our huge love for Animal Crossing, besides spending a lot of time taking care of my virtual village I enjoy painting, creating things or looking up funny and cute dog pictures on the internet. My preferred office location is somewhere on a remote island, in the middle of the South Pacific.

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