A quick tutorial to make any regular smart TV display art to mimic the Samsung Frame TV look + 6 free art images to use as TV displays or to print.
You miiiiiiiight have noticed this little thing called a Samsung Frame TV floating around everyone’s living room in the last year or so.
It’s a pretty big deal. Except realistically, that fancy Samsung TV isn’t something everyone can afford. Its ability to morph into a framed piece of art is definitely tempting to replace the big black hole in the focal point of the room.
We caved and bought a picture frame TV a couple of years ago, and while we do like it, a normal TV makes more sense for other rooms in our home.
Related: See our full unbiased, brutally honest review of the Samsung Frame TV here.
UPDATE: There is now an LG Frame TV version that rivals the Samsung called the LG Gallery Edition.
The good news is if you want to enjoy digital TV art on your regular smart TV without replacing, here are some ways to make that black screen work for you.
I fiddled around with our own non-Frame smart TV and decided to whip up my own art digital downloads that you can access below for free!
How to Display TV Art on Any Smart TV
There are several different ways to add art digital displays on your regular smart TV, depending on what type you have. Here are the steps below to set it up.
You can choose to use my own free TV art provided at the end of this post, your own personal photos, art downloaded from public domain archives, or paid art downloaded from Etsy shops using these setup methods.
- Upload photos or art images to a gallery in Google Photos.
- Plug your Chromecast device into the USB port on your TV.
- Choose that Google Photos Album in Ambient settings.
- Open the Google Home app and find your Chromecast device.
- Click on Chromecast > Ambient mode > Art Gallery
- Upload photos or art images to an album in iCloud.
- Turn on iCloud integration in Apple TV settings.
- Do not turn on Photo Stream when prompted.
- Go to screen saver options in Apple TV’s settings.
- Click Photos > iCloud.
- Choose which album you’d like to use.
- Upload photos or art images to a gallery in Google Photos
- Install the Photo View channel.
- Open Photo View and follow the prompts to sign in with your Google account.
- Choose an album with the images you want to display.
- Set Photo View as Roku’s screen saver
- Adjust the amount of time before the screensaver starts from Roku’s settings. Click Settings > ScreenSaver > Change Screensaver > PhotoView option. Settings > ScreenSaver > Change wait time.
- Download the Amazon Photos iOS or Android app, or sign in on the web browser.
- Log in, upload the photos or art images you prefer, and create a folder for them.
- On your FireTV, click on screen saver settings and select your album.
- Customize the timing you prefer for when the screen saver will display.
YouTube TV Art for All Smart TVs
This is an easy alternative that will work on any Smart TV. It’s the biggest draw of all the digital artwork display options because it’s so simple to set up.
- Click on the YouTube app on your Smart TV.
- Type “TV Art Screensaver” in the search bar.
- Click on the art screensaver you want to display.
- Click “Full Screen” in the bottom right corner of the video.
Note: Most YouTube art screensaver videos run for 1-2 hours. Some videos have background music, so just turn your volume down to mute, if you don’t want to hear the music feature.
Best TV Art Screensaver Channels on YouTube
These YouTube channels stream some of the best high quality vintage pieces of art for personal use in your family room without the need to pay for a subscription service.
Tip: You might have to adjust the color volume and contrast settings in your TV to get the art to display just right, especially if you’re viewing the TV in a dark room.
- Verdot Studio TV Art
- Art Deco
- Lindell Gallery & Co
- TV Art Gallery
- The Museum Ambience
- Vintage Art TV
- Art for Your TV By: 88 Prints
When to Use an Art TV Screensaver
If you have a Samsung Frame TV, the YouTube art screensaver options are a good alternative if you want to skip the monthly payment cost of Samsung account art store fees or if you ever run into connectivity problems with your Samsung SmartThings app or Samsung art store.
Keep in mind, you should only display art on your regular smart TV for a limited time like during a social gathering.
Regular smart TV pixels can burn out over time if the TV is left on with a static image 24/7.
Samsung Frame TVs and LG Gallery Edition TVs are designed with this in mind, so you can display art longer. You can also set them on a motion sensor to only display works of art when someone is in the room.
After you set it up, for best results, you can play with your TV lighting and dim it to make the art look more realistic, but that’s up to you.
Free TV Art Downloads
If you want to use the 6 public domain art images I formatted for display on TVs you can join the Bless’er House subscriber list to get access to the Printable Library by clicking here or the button below. (It’s free.)
(If you’re already a subscriber, access to the printable library is at the bottom of every email I send.)
The provided free art downloads are not intended for commercial use, on other websites, on social media, or for Etsy’s advertising platform.
If you have a Samsung Frame TV, you can add the art files to your gallery via the Smart Things app.
Or if you just want to print them out and stick them in a frame without bothering with a TV display, you can do that too.
Which is your fave of the 6 art displays? I can’t pick.
If you want to see more free printables from the past, you can check out all of them here.
And now, at least, we won’t be lusting after a new TV anytime soon. As long as I can still have Netflix, I’m a happy camper.