How to Make Tatami Mats | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Learn how to make tatami mats using the Custom Design Editor in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). See different types of tatami mats as well as how to place them indoors and outdoors.

How to Create Tatami Mats

Resulting Look

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Now you can recreate tatami mats using the Custom Design Editor. Take note that this design takes up 4 custom design slots.

Steps to Create Tatami Mats

Vertical Tiles

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We will use the default palette. Fill the whole canvas with red.
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Use orange to draw the tatami mat edges. They are 4 pixels wide.
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Use yellow to a 2-pixel wide line inside the edge.
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Use light green to and draw thin vertical lines.
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Use the dark green to draw thin horizontal lines.
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Use light blue and draw lines below the dark green lines to soften the mesh.
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With the darker blue color, make horizontal lines on the mat edges.
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Change the red color to the main green color.
Hue: 7th from the left
Vividness: 7th from the left
Brightness: 3rd from the right
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Change orange to a dark green color.
Hue: 8th from the left
Vividness: 2nd from the right
Brightness: 6th from the left
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Change yellow to a green color.
Hue: 8th from the left
Vividness: 2nd from the right
Brightness: 7th from the right
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Change the light green color.
Hue: 8th from the left
Vividness: 8th from the left
Brightness: 2nd from the right
12 tatami mat vertical 12.jpgEnlarge Change the dark green color.

Hue: 8th from the left
Vividness: 6th from the left
Brightness: 2nd from the right
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Change the light blue color.
Hue: 8th from the left
Vividness: 6th from the left
Brightness: 4th from the right
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Change the dark blue color.
Hue: 8th from the left
Vividness: 7th from the left
Brightness: 7th from the right
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Check if you are satisfied, and the first tile is finished!
16 tatami mat vertical 16.jpgEnlarge Copy the tile design by pressing Y and selecting Copy. We will now edit the second tile.
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Use the dark blue to draw a thin line at the bottom to make a crease.
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Change the color.
Hue: 8th from the left
Vividness: 5th from the right
Brightness: 7th from the right
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The second tile is now completed!

Horizontal Tiles

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Copy an existing tile to use as reference by pressing Y on the design, and selecting Copy.
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We will first create the top half by filling it up with the main green color.
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Draw the tatami edge by using the lower half as a reference.
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Draw vertical lines along the edge.
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Draw thin horizontal lines along the mat using the light green color.
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Eyedrop the color on top and draw a dot on the top part for later use.
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Do the same for the second color.
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Clear the bottom half of the design by filling it with the main green color.
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Continue working on the lower half.
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Draw the vertical lines using the color you eyedropped and saved.
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Do the same for the second color.
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Check if you are satsified, and the third piece is completed!
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Copy the horizontal mat design.
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Draw a horizontal line at the left edge to make a crease.
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The final and fourth piece is completed!

How to Change Colors on a Palette

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1 In the tools section, select Change Color.
2 Select a color with the L and R button and adjust the sliders as needed.

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How to Lay Out Tatami Mats

Tatami Mat Layout Sample

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Tatami mat layout image from Itou Tatami Store.

This is an example of how to lay out tatami mats. You can use this as reference when placing your tatami mat designs on the ground.

You Can Use 2 Custom Design Slots Indoors

When placing the tatami mats inside rooms, you can use only 2 design slots, since custom designs placed as mats can be rotated using Designer Mode. You can use the 2 horizontal tiles, or the 2 vertical tiles, and just rotate them as needed.

You Need to use 4 Custom Design Slots Outdoors

If you want to place the mats outside, you will need to use the 4 design slots that we created in the section above, since you cannot rotate designs outside.

Feel Luxurious with Wide Tatami Mats

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This tatami mat design is created by Micho-san. It has a fresh look, and you can lay out 4 to 6 tiles as a single tatami mat, giving you a luxurious feeling.

Micho's Links

Creator ID MA-4725-8779-3689
Twitter @hanaanaru
Blog Micho-san's Blog

How to Create Tatami Mats (Advanced)

Draw More Intricate Designs

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The edges and the weave patterns are more complicated and give off a 3D appearance. If you want realistic-looking tatami mats, try drawing more intricate designs.

Custom Design Editor Drawing

Tatami Mat with Crease
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You can click Enlarge to view the whole image.

The design may look complicated at first, but they are just dots in a repeating pattern. Add more variations of colors to make it look realistic.

Design the Tatami Mat Border

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A realistic tatami mat design that has firm weaves. The edges have gorgeous patterns, which we recommend for people who want to make flashy tatami mats.

Custom Design Editor Drawing

Tatami Mat with Crease
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You can click Enlarge to view the whole image.

Most of the dots are placed in fixed areas, but the bright dots are placed randomly. You can refer to the image above when creating this.

Tatami Mat Layout Examples

Basic Tatami Mats Outdoors

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Even with this basic design, you can combine this with Japanese-style furniture to instantly upgrade your area.

Basic Tatami Mats Indoors

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By placing a kotatsu and a zen cushion, you can mimic a Japanese writer's room. This is recommended for those who want a Japanese-style architecture in their homes.

Elegant Tatami Mats

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Just by using a different design of tatami mats, you can give off a royal vibe. Pair this up with large Japanese furniture such as the Kimono Stand to create an elegant room.

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