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Our Brutally Honest Review of the Samsung Frame TV

All of the pros and cons about the Samsung Frame TV and how to add art, plus free downloadable still life art to display on a TV.

It’s been a little over a month since we installed our Samsung Frame TV. I wanted to give ourselves a decent amount of time to live with it before sharing an opinion on it.

(UPDATE: It’s now been nearly three years, and we still absolutely love this TV! But with a few drawbacks…)

TV that looks like art in the living room : a review

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Why the Frame TV Hype?

The Frame is a TV that looks like art. The feature to display images to make it look like a framed piece of art on your wall rather than a giant black box is definitely the draw.

(Finally, someone figured out what decorators everywhere have been thinking for decades! A picture frame TV is what we’ve been wanting all along! A black rectangle right above your fireplace just isn’t nearly as pretty.)

But when we were looking at buying it, Robert was concerned about the display and if it would really deliver on experience quality. Here’s what we’ve discovered…

The Pros of the Samsung Frame TV

1. Gorgeous Design

Endless Art Display Choices

You can choose your own artwork to display on it or choose from the gallery in the Samsung Art Store for a monthly subscription fee. (I didn’t do the subscription because I like the flexibility of uploading public domain art I find… see the bottom of this post to snag a few art images, if you want.)

Frame Color and Style Options

The addition of an aftermarket wood bezel frame, which is sold separately and runs about an extra $150, makes it blend even better into whatever interior design aesthetic you choose.

Samsung Frame TV in living room with still life art

2. Low Profile

Slim Fit Mount

The TV is slim and has a slim fit wall mount that sits completely flush against the wall like a framed piece of art. It’s seamless and only draws attention to itself when you want it to. (Ours is the 55″.)

Easy to Hide Cord

It even comes with a very thin, clear cord so that it’s easily concealed against a wall.

Concealable Box

Its One Connect Box can be stored out of sight so that you can easily manage other electronics that attach to it without having to run a tangle of cords to the TV screen on the wall.

3. Excellent Picture Quality

  • The Frame has a QLED panel that amps up colors to make the picture vivid, high quality, and bright. We’ve tried out all of the different picture modes, and while our previous LG TV is 4 years old, it definitely has out-shown its 4K panel.

The Cons of the Samsung Frame TV

1. Installation

Tricky to Mount

Maybe this TV is quick and easy for some people to install, but that was not the case with us. To be fair, our Frame TV had to be hung on the wall above our fireplace where a brick chimney is behind. We didn’t have the ability to cut a hole out of the wall to feed the cable through.

(We chose to use a thin cord cover on ours since we had to run it a long length of the wall at different angles to feed it into our window seat.)

The mount was tricky, but that also has to do with its design to hang the TV flush against the wall.

Simpler Mount Alternative

You can now get an easel Studio Stand to mimic the look of an art easel without the need of a wall mount!

tv that looks like art in living room with still life art display

2. Not Quite Art

To me, it’s still very possible to tell the art display isn’t an actual painting hanging on the wall with the 2021 model.

When the lights are low in the room and you’re displaying a light colored image especially, you can still see the TV screen glowing on the art display, which does still make it obvious that it’s a TV. It won’t fool many people unless your lighting in the room is just right.

UPDATE: The new 2022 version of “The Frame” has a new matte display with anti-glare, anti-fingerprint, and anti-reflection properties to make the art look more realistic!

3. Expensive

The reason we were willing to shell out the bucks for The Frame TV was because it is front and center in our living room smack dab at the very focal point. Having the ability to display art in that spot, was a big deal to us.

But I can’t imagine buying this TV for any room where it’s not a main focal point. The price just isn’t worth that, in my mind.

How much does the Frame TV cost?

Samsung Frame TVs usually cost between $1,000 to $2,000 for a 55″ to 65″ 2022 version TV. The larger sizes around 85″ run about $3,000.

It’s worth waiting for a holiday sale or Prime Day sale, as we have found them at the best price then. Frame TVs go on sale fairly often, if you’re willing to be patient.

Samsung Frame TV with art display

Difference Between Samsung Frame TV 2021 and 2022

The latest 2022 Frame TV model comes with higher performance and better aesthetic updates. The latest 2022 Frame TV model comes with higher performance and better aesthetic updates.

After purchasing this Samsung TV for our living room, we enjoyed the concept of making our regular TV look like wall art so much that we purchased the latest Samsung Frame TV version for our media room. It looks even more like a real piece of art than the older model.

We hung vintage style pieces of art in a gallery wall around the TV to look even more convincing as a real art piece. As a great option to customize the look even more, we chose to use a Gatsby gold bezel from Deco Frames.

2022 Samsung Frame TV model with gold Deco Frames bezel in a gallery wall

Matte Art Display

The 2021 version has a semi-gloss finish screen whereas the 2022 version has an anti-glare, matte screen that looks more convincing as a realistic piece of art.

Anti-Glare Viewing

The latest version’s anti-glare finish also provides a clearer, more striking image. This makes watching TV from different angles in a family room more enjoyable.

Lower Profile

The 2022 version is slightly thinner than the 2021 version so it hangs more flat against the wall.

samsung frame tv gallery wall in media room above built in desk console

How easy is it to install a Samsung Frame TV?

You will have to drill holes into your wall to hang the TV mount, if you want the look of artwork hanging on your wall. My husband and I were able to follow the instructions, but it was a bit more challenging than we anticipated.

If you’re concerned, you can hire a professional TV installer directly through Samsung for $120.

Alternatively, you can leave the TV on the height-adjustable stand included. Or you can mount it on a TV easel to look like a painting on an art stand.

Overall, we’re completely happy with our Frame TVs, and it’s been so fun playing around with settings to add new art to it all the time.

Samsung Frame TV in living room with still life art

Free Art TV Downloads

A fun feature is you can access the art store subscription to display from their database or install your own art to upload as built in home decor.

If you have The Frame yourself or if you want to use this Smart TV Art Display trick, you can get access to these 8 still life digital art prints here from Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cezanne that I reformatted to fit a TV screen. But they would be beautiful printed and placed in a real frame too, if you preferred.

(Access to the free downloadable art is in your email inbox, if you’re already a Bless’er House subscriber.)

You can download the art printables by clicking here or the button below to subscribe:

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(If you’re already a subscriber, the direct download to the art images is in your inbox and at the bottom of every email I send.)

Samsung Frame TV in living room with still life art

How to add art to the Samsung Frame TV

  1. Download the TV art images from the Bless’er House Printable Library in Google Drive to your smart phone’s camera roll. (Password is at the bottom of every Bless’er House email newsletter.)
  2. Launch the SmartThings app on your smart phone.
  3. Select your TV.
  4. Choose Art Mode.
  5. Click ADD YOUR PHOTOS+
  6. Click the photos you would like to add to your Samsung Frame TV and select the Save to The Frame button.
  7. The images will be accessible in the Slideshow setting.
  8. Tap on your preferred time setting then select Set.
  9. Tap on + to add a new image from your Gallery.
  10. Click on the Art Mode button on your Frame TV remote.

I prefer “no mat” on mine, but you can add one in your settings if you prefer that look.

tv that looks like art with still life display
Samsung Frame TV in living room with still life art
art tv with still life art
Samsung Frame TV in living room with still life art
Samsung Frame TV in living room with still life art
Samsung Frame TV in living room with still life art

Which piece of art is your favorite? I love that they’re all works of art that I don’t have to decide which one to display because I can change them any time I want with the click of a button!

Do you have The Frame? What are your thoughts on it? Hopefully, we can make this a helpful little resource together for anyone who’s wondered about it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Samsung Frame TV burn out?

No, the Samsung Frame TV is designed to display art and photos for long lengths of time without the risk of pixel burn out.

Does the Samsung Frame TV come with the bezel frame?

No, the bezel must be purchased separately from the art Frame TV. But you can buy different colors and styles of bezels from different companies like Deco TV Frames and Frame My TV.

Is a picture frame TV worth it?

The Frame TV is definitely worth it if the look and design of your home is a priority. Its efficient, high-quality performance allows you to make the most use of your home entertainment space. The no-gap wall mount takes up less space too.

How long can a picture stay on a Frame TV?

Art can be displayed as long as a TV show is not being watched. An ambient light sensor and motion sensor detects activity in the room, so the art displays any time someone is nearby. You can always change your sensor settings, if you prefer. You can choose to set it to a black screen too (we turn off ours at night when going to bed).

What is the disadvantage of a Samsung Frame TV?

Unfortunately, the picture TV’s art mode mostly still looks like a photo displayed on a screen because it produces a small amount of ambient light. But it’s as close to looking like real art as you can get. It does fool most people into believing it’s just a framed picture on the wall.

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62 Comments

  1. I do love the art look. I also really love your rug! Do you mind sharing where you got it?

    Thanks, Kay

  2. Oh wow! Just what I needed to see and hear! We are building a home and have been looking at the Frame TV but didn’t know a soul who had it. I was going to go with the largest one that wouldn’t extend beyond the mantle, which for us is the 65” Frame TV. You have the 55” one and I think that looks great. I am thinking now that the 65” might be “too much TV. I really love all the art work you selected. I am hoping I can put up some family photos also. Many thanks for the unbiased review!! (We are paying a tech guy to do our install and he has done a slew of them in new builds, which I am sure is easier.)

    1. I’m so glad it helped, Jan! I will say paying an installer is definitely worth it, if you’re not very handy yourself. It was quite a job for just a TV, but it is really cool. Ours is the 55″ and we really like the size.

    1. There are two settings: completely off and art mode. When you’re finished watching it and want to put it in art mode, you can tap the power button on your remote to display the art and the TV is essentially off except for the art image being displayed. If you want to turn your TV completely off to have a black screen, you can hold down the power button on the remote. So you have the option for either one.

  3. Would this product display what I think of as my True Art photos? Do I even need this expensive/specialized product to show a changing display of photos? I’ve never even tried it (lacking in imagination, I guess). I think the “screen” look would be less of a concern with photos as opposed to reproductions of paintings. Just thinking out loud. Of course, there’s always the concern that I would stand, agog, staring at my own photos all day…

    1. Yes! If you have family photos or art files you have saved somewhere, you can upload them into the SmartThings app to display on the TV. It’s possible to display art on other smart TVs, but the problem with that is the screen can burn out pixels over time if you constantly keep it on displaying art. This screen is designed to display images all the time and the pixels won’t die like other TVs would. I hope that answers your question. If not, let me know and I can try to explain further.

  4. I look forward to your posts/emails. You give practical tips that often don’t cost a ton of money. Thank you for being you! Love your porch 🙂