Once New Horizon players get their island filled with villagers and have K.K Slider perform, the real work has just begun. Terraforming is unlocked and you can set about bending the land to your will.
It is around that time where you might set a goal to get a five-star review. Isabelle can give you some tips from cutting down trees to planting flowers. Her main point is that you need to decorate. However, she just leaves it at that.
So if you are looking for ideas on how to decorate your island, you’ve come to the right place.
Updated on August 3, 2021, by Allison Stalberg: By now, Animal Crossing: New Horizon is old news. However, plenty of players still dedicate themselves to their islands by completing the museum, seeking out their favorite villagers, and getting that elusive five-star review, while also keeping the decorations to their liking.
However, many players want more than just decoration ideas, although we have these as well. There are also questions that need to be answered, such as what counts towards a better rating, and what makes your ranking drop? There’s a lot more to island ratings than meets the eye so we’ve updated this guide to show you how gain a five-star rating, in style.
How To Unlock ACNH Island Evaluations
First of all, beginner players will not have access to evaluations from the get-go. A couple things need to happen in the game first. These are:
- Construct Nook’s Cranny
- Build your first bridge
- Furnish three incoming villager homes
- Upgrade Resident Services
Once Resident Services is upgraded to a town square, Isabelle will become a part of the island. She is in charge of island evaluations.
What Are Scenery And Development Points in ACNH?
There are actually two scores the game keeps track of. These are development and scenery.
- Development awards points based on stores, inclines, bridges, bought furniture, and fences.
- Scenery awards points based on crafted furniture and natural trees, bushes, and flowers.
Every star rating requires a certain amount of points from both scores.
|Star Rating||Development Points||Scenery Points|
|One Star||Below 80||Below 200|
|Two Stars||Between 80 and 159||Between 200 and 269|
|Three Stars||Between 160 and 399||Between 270 and 349|
|Four Stars||Between 400 and 664||Between 350 and 449|
|Five Stars||Over 665||Over 450|
Of course, these points mean nothing unless you also know what items get how many points towards the island rating.
Development Point Values In New Horizons
There are some important factors to consider when developing your island.
- Having 15 or more dropped items (not placed, just left on the ground) will cap the star rating at just four.
- Placing more than 45 items in an eight-by-eight area will also cap the rating at just four.
- You will need more than seven villagers to get past two stars.
There are also specific buildings that award points as follows:
|Upgraded Nook’s Cranny||15|
|Bridge||15 Per Bridge|
|Incline||15 Per Incline|
|Less than 100 Weeds||30|
Scenery Point Values In New Horizons
Here are some important facts to know about scenery points:
- Plants do not provide points until they are fully grown.
- If there are more than 220 trees or bamboo on the island, the island rating will never exceed four.
|Large DIY Furnishing||0.75|
Decorating Ideas To Increase Your Island Points
Knowing point values for ranking up your island is one thing, but having ideas for what to do is another. Luckily, there are many creative ideas out there that players have utilized to fulfill the point conditions of a five-star rating. Here’s a selection.
Build Yards Around Villager Homes
Adding fences ranks up your island score. So giving all your villagers their own fenced-in yard will both get you closer to the five-star goal as well as make your island all the more lived-in. Within the yard, you can decorate with flowers, shrubs, and pieces of furniture.
Fans have had a great time matching the colors and personalities of their different villagers to their yards. Give catgrass to cat villagers like Raymond, blue flowers to a blue villager like Sherb, and plenty of sweets to a villager like Merengue.
Make A Park
An easy way to take up space and add a lot of decorations to your island is to make a park. Add a playground, flowers, a walkway, a theme park, fountains, and more.
The possibilities are endless and the game offers tons of different decorations that would suit a park. This is the perfect place to rank up those scenery points.
Set Up A Big Garden
Gardens can be more than just flowers. Decorate your Animal Crossing island with gnomes, lights, beekeeping boxes, a well, pots, a scarecrow, and a bench. You could even make a little table for folks to have some tea amongst the flowers.
Not only will this add up your island’s points, but you can have lots of flowers in one place to attract more bugs.
Construct A Spa
Once you can terraform the island, you can go waterfall crazy. With some well-placed waterfalls, flowers, towels, changing rooms, lanterns, and plenty of hot tubs, you can make a spa area in your village. You can even add bamboo to give it a different kind of atmosphere.
Supplement Your Museum
Who said the museum only had to be inside? Decorate around your island museum with artifacts of your own. These can be doubles of the fossils that are inside, pieces of the shell furniture set, or just furniture pieces that you think belong in a museum.
You can also build a park around the museum. Maybe install a playground or even put up a coffee shop.
Add Elements To Your Campsite
Campers need more than just a tent to have a good time. An easy way to decorate your Animal Crossing island quickly is to put up furniture around the campsite. You can add anything from a pool to a star watching area to a trail to a telephone booth.
Just think about what would make a campsite all the more enjoyable for a visitor. Even just a path or signs pointing towards your stores and resident services adds a realistic touch.
Create A Restaurant Area
A lot of creative players are making their own little restaurants on their islands. There are plenty of tables, chairs, food, and kitchen items you can use. Add that with some fencing and pathways, and you’ve got everything you need.
If you don’t have enough food for the tables, just pick some flowers or buy candles to decorate on top of them.
Decorate Your Beaches
Beaches are great on their own, but they can become paradise with the right decorations. Beach balls, fishing gear, lawn chairs, towels, and more can rank up those points towards getting five stars. Definitely add a lighthouse and coconut trees while you are at it.
Don’t be hesitant to experiment with how flowers may accent the beach areas. Luckily in Animal Crossing, you never have to worry about the tides carrying off your stuff. Also, don’t forget the pier. You can actually put furniture on it.
Talk To Sable Every Day For More Decoration Options
Customizing furniture is great and can inspire more ideas. However, you can be pretty limited if you’re not into making your own art. However, if you talk to Sable every day then she will eventually give you a lot of other patterns you can use on various pieces. With her patterns, you can make pineapple pillows, pizza stalls, sushi signs, and more.
Plant A Bamboo Grove
Eventually, with Nook Mile Tickets, you can collect bamboo to plant on your island. The question is where to put it? A lot of players have made their own little groves of bamboo. It can be fenced in or be at the highest peak of your island. You can decorate it with lanterns, waterfalls, mossy rocks, and statues. Another idea is that you can combine the grove with your campsite or park.
There are so many ideas, and if you want even more why not visit dream islands for inspiration?
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