Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become a spectacular, if unlikely, home design platform. The good news is that even if you aren’t a master of pixel art, you can still make the most of the creativity of the community by accessing the Custom Designs Portal in the Able Sister’s shop. Each week, we’ll be showcasing the very best designs you can download to make your island a true masterpiece. From indoor and outdoor flooring to specialist room design and furry friends, here are the Animal Crossing: New Horizons design codes of the week.
1. The path
If New Horizons isn’t your first Animal Crossing rodeo, you’ll probably remember how paths previously formed in the grassy towns of Wild World and New Leaf. Back in the old days, long before we had the Island Designer app, your Villager would have to run over the same patches of ground until a path gradually started to show. Well, @Denim2_mori on Twitter was clearly feeling nostalgic and has designed a natural pattern that brings old school Animal Crossing into 2020. There have been plenty of imitations, and you might wince at the 9 necessary slots, but, hey, do you really need all those other designs when you can have The Path?
- Creator Code: MA-6647-9230-4716
2. Picnic blanket
Ever wondered how you can join your villagers when they insist on sitting down on the ground when there’s a perfectly good chair right next to them? Well thanks to this picnic blanket design from Spadelilly on Reddit, you can now scatter a few cushions and just wait for Raymond and co to settle down with you in the sunshine. Let’s face it, they’re still going to sit on the grass just to spite you but at least you’ll look comfortable and have somewhere to relax while you wait for that perfect Instagrammable moment.
- Creator code: MA-7101-3715-7751 (Blanket)
- Creator code: MA-3548-8027-4702 (Fringe)
3. Zen sand
So, you’ve planted your bamboo and carefully crafted all kinds of peaceful recipes. It’s time to follow @Pixebo on Twitter’s lead and create a beautiful zen garden to match with this inventive sand design. Unlike most other tiling options, this art is transparent so goes over your existing sandy spaces. Once you’ve laid out your perfect pattern, you can start positioning your Pond Stones and Bamboo Floor Lamps to create the ultimate peaceful retreat. And, if you like the look of those grey tiles, you’ll find them all with the Creator Code below.
- Creator Code: MA-9246-0808-4302
4. Arcade art
How mushroom is left in your arcade? Terrible fungi puns aside, this inventive Nintendo art from Broadwing018 on Reddit works as a standalone art piece to go alongside your pinball and fighting games. Even better though is that it has actually been designed as a full repeating wallpaper or flooring option. And, if Mario’s iconic consumables aren’t for you but you’re still hungry for Nintendo designs, the below Creator Code also has a brilliant capsule-filled Dr. Mario option.
- Creator Code: MA-6054-1939-3849
5. Top soil
Sometimes a greenhouse just isn’t enough when it comes to creating a green-fingered paradise. If you’ve been working away on a fruit and vegetable farm on your island, you need some perfectly tilled soil for that true agricultural look. Thankfully @sfrnjm on Twitter is on the case with beautifully designed furrows for all your planting needs. Their Creator Code also has a greener option if you don’t fancy popping down real plants. Who needs Stardew Valley or Farming Simulator when it’s all still here on your Animal Crossing island?
- Creator Code: MA-8877-8483-6699
6. Vinyl collection
If you’ve got vinyl collecting on the brain, chances are that you’ve already accessorised your Animal Crossing home with some recreated album covers and at least one Record Box. Let’s face it though, while you can customise a couple of sides to match your decor, they do take up space and no one wants to choose between more vinyl and a new sofa. Thanks to Davidbsweeney12 on Imgur though, we can stop worrying. This brilliant wall art option means you can have a veritable record shop of options with zero clutter. IKEA would be proud.
- Creator Code: MA-6993-6950-2036
7. Direction signs
Given that we can just fling open the gates of our island and let the world come pouring in - please don’t run on the flowers - the Animal Crossing community does a roaring trade in signage. If you’ve got a particularly good turnip price but aren’t always on hand to ferry people to and from Nook’s Cranny, you want something that can point people in the right direction. There are a lot of different options but these designs from ZephtheChef on Reddit are particularly neat as you can use your existing Paper Lanterns to let everyone know where to go.
- Creator Code: MA-2501-7176-5593
8. Wooden stairs
Stairs don’t come in half measures in New Horizons. They’re either helping you reach a new level of your island as an incline or they just don’t exist at all. Helpfully @MyIslandMATOME on Twitter has solved this particular problem with this inventive wooden stair design. There are three sections available at the Creator Code below to help you add some depth and variety to more vertically challenged areas of your island. And that’s not all you’ll find with this code. There is a wealth of stone stairs, cobbles, and path border designs to choose from.
- Creator Code: MA-1450-3959-2582
9. Grey knitted pattern
It’s time to get cosy. This simple grey knitted pattern from Brusheswithdarkness on Reddit makes all of your customisable furniture that little bit more inviting when you don’t want to leave even your Animal Crossing house. To make your Log Bed this stylish, not to mention snuggly, customise the wood to white birch and accessorise with a Log Bench. When it comes to the rest of the room, keep an eye out for the white Rattan furniture set to keep everything looking bright and natural.
- Creator Code: MA-3979-5097-4563
You’d think we’d have had enough of plants on our islands, especially given how the grassy areas around flower beds look after a day of rain. And yet, the perfect greenhouse is within reach with these glass panels from @thethinleaf on Twitter. A simple outdoor greenhouse can be built by crafting two stalls and then just positioning them away from each other. All you’ll need next is a couple of simple panels for the back wall. Accessorise with whatever potted plants you have and you could even combo this up with the shelving designs below.
- Creator code: MA-1405-2733-5958
11. Bamboo decking
Not only does Reddit creator Camikazee understand the need for a perfect beach bar, they also know that you don’t have many custom design slots going spare. That’s why this bamboo decking is so perfect, requiring only two precious design spaces and still managing to make a big splash on the beach. Combo it up with Bamboo Benches customised away from their traditional green for a perfect island retreat. Just a note, if you’re looking for the Rock-head Statue, you’ll need to wait for Redd to sail villainously into view.
- Creator Code: MA-4720-9893-9687
12. Stained glass
Bring some colour into your home and garden with these beautiful stained glass designs from @PrincessSweetsy on Twitter. There are only five pictured here but head to the creator code below for six different designs, including a black and white version apparently requested by all the monochrome lovers out there. As always, these will work best on the much-coveted Simple Panel but there’s always the option to hang them on your wall as a lone design or full multi-panel feature window.
- Creator Code: MA-6303-9484-5134
13. Broken bricks
Sometimes the perfect tiles and bricks of the Island Designer app don’t quite cut it when you’re looking for something a little more rustic. Step in @Skeletontape on Twitter who has saved the day with a collection of mossy old brick patterns for the Animal Crossing houses that need to look a bit more Hill House than Beverley Hills. And these don’t just look good on grass. Layer them over existing stone or brickwork for an extra haunted effect.
- Creator Code: MA-1482-7518-4706
14. Wooden planks
The wooden flooring on offer in the Island Designer app is nice but far too much like a dancefloor when you want more adventurous pathways to zip around on. These wooden planks from @kanda_em on Twitter feel like much more fun and even have leaves scattered across the wood for a more natural look. And the designs don’t stop there. Head here to see the collection of worn wooden planks, stone paths and adorable outfits all available on the Creator Code below.
- Creator Code: MA-8511-9497-6748
15. Plant shelves
Whether you’re building a greenhouse or maybe just want to bring more botanical bits into your house without drowning the place in Monsteras, these adorable leafy shelves from @ahwakwrites on Twitter are a perfect green addition. Once again you’ll want to sell your soul for a Simple Panel in your catalogue to bring the effect to life and there are two variant designs on the Creator Code below. One even has a cluster of adorable succulents.
- Creator Code: MA-7553-4656-2211
16. French doors
There are, quite frankly, a disturbing lack of doors in our Animal Crossing houses but Reddit creator Daileyart has fixed that. Grab another Simple Panel, customise with these glass panels and rid yourself of those cursed train tunnel-like portals between rooms. For this particular design you’ll ideally want the Simple Panel with the white outer but that all depends on your luck in Nook’s Cranny and probably the kindness of Animal Crossing strangers. Check out @daileyart on Twitter for even more of the brilliant designs on the Creator Code below.
- Creator Code: MA-6050-8097-2249
17. Outdoor Pool
Reddit creator MidnightIsleACNH is definitely feeling summery with this beautiful pool design. While other players have used similar tiles inside their houses in combination with the Underwater Flooring for all year round bathing, this is a perfect excuse to make the most of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Combined perfectly with the lifeguard chairs purchasable with Nook Miles this is a set of blue Spanish tiles from creator Sku and plain white pool tiles from creator Lizard.
- Blue tile code: MO-Q20Q-Y97W-V8W8
- White tile code: MO-M6WT-H67W-V7N9
18. Colourful Tiling
Sometimes brick tiles just aren’t good enough. If you’re looking for some more colourful options to really brighten up your living areas or island streets, @Midio on Twitter has created a small but beautiful selection. Helpfully too, these are designed to take up only one of your precious slots instead of the greedy mass take-over of many more intricate patterns. As payment, Midio only asks that you show him how the design looks on your island which, let’s face it, isn’t exactly a hardship. To Instagram!
- Creator code: MA-8352-2661-4133
19. Recording Studio
This is one for all the musicians out there. Clearly not merely content with leaving instruments scattered across her island for her villagers to constantly ignore, Lil_gingerale on Reddit has designed a full recording studio complete with soundproofing for the walls. Now you don’t need to hang onto all those old egg boxes and sticky tape. As well as accessorising with K.K Slider’s greatest hits, Lil_gingerale has also customised Simple Panels with their optional wood pattern to act as a perfect divide between the two sections.
- Creator Code: MA-5592-6173-6018
20. Open Curtains
Simple Panels are, quite simply, an inventive Animal Crossing designer’s dream. Birne_Helene on Reddit has crafted the ultimate monochrome living room set up, complete with sliding doors, long curtains and a tantalising peek out at the starry island sky. Worth noting here is that you’ll need to find the right colour of Simple Panels for your design. They’re available in eight different colour options including grey, black, white, and brown which affects the colour of the outer edge. Like all other furniture items you’ll find them in Nook’s Cranny, hiding in balloons and trees, and as gifts from villagers.
- Creator Code: MA-7618-6959-6718
21. Chiso Kimonos
If you’re going to accessorise your home with a kimono or two, then they may as well be from a Japanese company specialising in their design since 1555. The world-renowned Kyoto based Chiso has crafted official Animal Crossing versions of two of the company’s 2020 collection, and two exclusive New Horizons-only kimonos. Whether you want to just decorate your rooms with them or bring a touch of Japanese class to your everyday wear, you can download all of the designs from the Creator Code below.
- Creator Code: MA-3850-3955-5752
22. Indoor Water Flooring
And you thought you were being fancy with Saharah’s flooring options. Reddit’s dianacquin takes 3D illusions to the next step with this impressive underfloor pool option for even more relaxing dining views. While you’ll only need one custom slot for this particular design, you will need to rotate the flooring to make sure the perspective is correct. This is only possible indoors but once you have placed the design as a tile mat, you can go into the grid option in your home and rotate it like any other piece of furniture.
- Creator Code: MA-5623-98676-1242
23. Modern Wall Art
If you want your Animal Crossing house to look as close to an IKEA catalogue as possible, you don’t want to miss this modern wall art from Reddit creator thirtytwoounces. Each individual print is a separate framed option so you can mix and match your favourite colours and options for the ultimate in Scandinavian geometric minimalism. Using the Creator Code below is significantly easier than hunting down all the individual bits of that yellow corner sofa though. Time to start checking in with your friends.
- Creator Code: MA-5537-6306-8412
And finally, if you’re looking to make things a little cosier and the desire for a canine companion hasn’t been sated with Mom’s Plushie, it’s time to bring in the corgis. Reddit’s naattt has designed two different corgi options to customise the fabric of the pet bed to bring a sleeping pooch directly into your living room. You’ll find both adorable snoozing colour options at the Creator Code below. The million Bell crown to feel even more like the Queen is, of course, optional.
- Creator Code: MA-5474-0219-1967