While the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update added tons of new items, the Happy Home Paradise add-on seriously upgraded the way players design villager homes. The downloadable content not only gives players new opportunities to show off their design chops, with tons of homes and other on-island facilities to deck out, but it also unlocks new features that make interior design even more satisfying and creative. The unlocks include polishing, changing room sizes, and eventually, partitions and pillars.
These features are fun on their own, for adding real dimension and life to interiors. But paired with the update’s addition of accent walls, which allow players to customize one wall rather than apply wallpaper to every wall, they can be applied to truly beautiful effect. And New Horizons players are doing just that. They’re using accent walls — some of which looked fairly cheesy before, when taking up an entire wall space — and well-placed partitions, pillars, and fence items to create the illusion of balconies, French doors, beachside views, and other luxurious vistas.
If balconies and oceanfront views aren’t quite your mood, here are some beautiful French doors, columns, and window designs:
Saw this cool tip of placing partition walls flat against an accent wall and you get a "window" effect. I've been doing it so much I love it #AnimalCrossing #AnimalCrossingNewHorizions #AnimalCrossingDesigns pic.twitter.com/GSWMUG4RBo— Nathew (@Costcolopthecus) November 10, 2021
New Horizons players have long used custom designs to create more immersive and stylized islands, making hats look like food and creating cute standees. They often pair these designs with optical illusions, like custom umbrellas set on the ground, to create a cube perspective — perfect for mirroring the look of a toy box or a GameCube — and use bridges and custom path designs for an island-floating-in-the-sky look.
Happy Home Paradise, in conjunction with the lauded New Horizons 2.0 update, has given players an even larger toolkit to play with. And the results continue to stun.