This page offers lots of ideas on how to decorate your island. The first section focuses on some more beginner friendly ideas, such as creating gardens and parks. The second section will then focus on more complex projects that require custom pathing designs and terraforming.
Beginner Decorating Ideas
This list offers beginners some ideas on how to decorate their island during the early game. After you’ve unlocked Island Designer, you’ll have much more freedom to terraform and add paths to really enhance your island. For now, these are some simple and effective ideas to raise your town’s aesthetic.
An easy way to begin decorating your island is to plan out gardens for each house! If the houses are spread out across the island, this is even better because decorations should be spaced out across all the available land. Gardens are a good start because you can use a small amount of fences to create enclosed areas. Each garden can have a different theme too, so you can really express your creativity. Try to include flowers and fencing wherever possible though, as these are an important factor in your island’s appeal.
Parks are also a nice addition to your island and can be enclosed using fencing too. If you’ve been following the daily walkthrough, then you’ll have already tried your hand at making a park. Perhaps you could design a new one with a new theme and aesthetic. Japanese style parks are very popular in the Animal Crossing community as there are lots of bamboo DIYs and Japanese style furniture and infrastructure. If there are small lakes on your island, you could create a picnic area and add lots of flowers to beautify the surrounding areas. Try to make as much of the furniture as you can, since DIYs are valued more in the evaluations than bought furniture.
Create small decorated spots
Small decorated areas help to add more detail to your island’s appearance. This can be anything from a beach chair on the shore to a picnic basket between the trees. Adding little details helps to spread out decorations and make your island feel more complete.
Buy outdoor decorations from Nookstop
There are lots of different outdoor decorations that can be bought from the Nookstop for Nook Miles. You can either buy the DIYs there or buy the one off items that need to be delivered, like the street lamps or the vending machines. These items are great if you’re looking to add a modern touch to your island.
Orchards and Flower Gardens
Lots of people in the Animal Crossing Community also use their space to create practical gardens and parks. Flower gardens are useful for cross-breeding flowers and orchards are great for having a variety of fruit trees that are in one specific area and are easily accessible.
Don’t forget about your beaches!
Beaches are sometimes neglected when it comes to the decorative process. Your flat rocks and beaches are perfect for tiki bars and sea-shell themed furniture. Nook’s Cranny is also often selling some beach-related items like surf-boards, beach chairs and recliners. You’re on an island after all!
More Bridges and Inclines
Accessibility is important to your island’s appeal, so make sure you continue to build new bridges and inclines until the majority (if not all) of your island is accessible without ladders and pole vaults. There are lots of different types of bridges and inclines, so try some new styles to add some variety to your island’s infrastructure. You can have a maximum of 8 bridges and 8 inclines on your island.
Advanced Decorating Ideas
These ideas will take a little more time and effort to execute so they’re not as beginner friendly as the ideas above. These decorating ideas will require terraforming, paths, using different furniture and natural landscaping.
A Grand Entrance
One of the best things to do to really make your island stand out is to create a grand entrance from your Airport. Some people are lucky enough that their townhall and their airport are lined up and have a good amount of distance between them. This makes for the perfect space to add extra levels to create a forced entry way into your island.
Or you could make something more rustic looking. The cottagecore/natural aesthetic is popular amongst players who want to opt for a more rural feel.
Lots of players enjoy extending their museum exhibition to the area surrounding the museum building. Adding grand entrances to the museum, as well as completed dinosaur figures is an awesome way to decorate your island. So, if you’re starting to find duplicates of already donated fossils, consider using them to decorate the exterior of your museum! The same goes for Redd’s fake or duplicate sculptures.
You can use infrastructure to create some amazing centerpieces on your island. This can be costly, as the infrastructure costs start at around 100,000 Bells per bridge/incline but it definitely makes for a show-stopping feature on your island.
Now that you have terraforming, you can create fancier, prettier gardens for your villagers! They deserve it.
Markets are really great for using up empty spaces on your island. Once you have the stall DIY you should give it a go! You can create stalls that suit your island’s aesthetic as they’re customizable.
Now that you have island designer unlocked, as well as extra money to spend on infrastructure, you could upgrade your pre-existing parks to make them even more appealing.
You can use lots of different custom designs and default designs to add complexity to your parks. Stepping stones and dirt flower beds can help make your parks feel more thought-out and fancy.