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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.

Samsung Frame TV in living room with still life art

Because of course, 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 a draw. (Finally, someone figured out what decorators everywhere have been thinking for decades!)

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

  • 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.)
  • The addition of an aftermarket wood bezel frame, which 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

  • The TV is slim and 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″.)
  • It even comes with a very thin, clear cord so that it’s easily concealed against a wall.
  • 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 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

  • 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, so 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.

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. 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.

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.

Overall, we’re completely happy with The Frame, 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

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:

(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.

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Samsung Frame TV in living room with still life art

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Which piece of art is your favorite?

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.

If you want to save this post for later, you can pin it here:

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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 Frame TV. But you can buy different colors and styles of bezels from different companies like Deco TV Frames and Frame My TV.

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25 Comments

  1. Beautiful! The whole fireplace area is so well decorated. And thank you for sharing the art.

    Do you know of a good tutorial for resizing personal prints/photos to fit the Frame?

    Thanks for you ongoing inspiration.

  2. I honestly am so blown away by your rug!! It is beautiful!! Any chance you can tell me who it made by and the design? I looked at the “shop our home” page and couldn’t find it.

    1. Hi Wendy,
      I LOVE your fireplace brick surround. Could you please tell me where you sourced the brick (veneer)?
      Thank you very much,
      Julie

  3. You have done it again, post something extremely fabulous. I love each of these pictures, and would be happy to own any of these. Our TV is on all the time. On more than off. Still, I would love to have this diy on my TV.

  4. Hello, First off, thank you for all of your tips and well written posts. You have a lovely home.

    We purchased the Frame TV in 2019 during Black Friday, saving hundreds of dollars. Still, it was quite a splurge, but we have never regretted it. We had it installed, thank goodness.
    Like yours, our TV is front and center in our living room, over the fireplace. It makes such a huge difference looking like art rather than a TV.

    I am an art history buff so I have the monthly membership of art. I love curating my own collection and changing the picture frequently. I also enjoy being able to read the facts and history of the art.

    If a picture looks too back lit, I go into the settings and dim it and/or lighten or darken the hues. I’m not very “techy”, so I haven’t tried to download my own art or photos, but with your tips I will now! I can see that changing the frame looks so much better than the black, so I am going to spring for a frame. Is it just an easy snap on frame?

    Thank you for all you do to help inspire others, especially for those that are budget conscious!

    Take care,
    Kristen in Atlanta

  5. Thanks for this Lauren! Thanks to your guiding instructions I was finally able to get my own art up there on our frame tv. I am embarrassed to say that I have had to try this at least 10 times before I was finally able to accomplish it. Love the artwork that you supplied and love your blog.

  6. I had never even been of The Frame TV. Love the free downloadable art. I always look forward to your blog. On another topic, where did you find your living room rug? It is beautiful!

  7. Best design tip: be TV free! We use a projector for the occasional family movie and let our kids watch shows on the laptop. We love not owning a TV! ☺️

  8. We just installed the Frame tv in our master during a remodel. I have never wanted a tv in the bedroom, but gave in to my husband when he agreed to making it the Samsung frame. Our home is an old, antique Cape and this tv does NOT take over the whole space. It really does sit flush o the wall and blends in with our decor.
    I went for the art store membership because there was a coupon for 3 months free. I agree that few will be fooled into thinking that I have Monet’s water lillies hanging. But, the grandkids are being exposed to some lovely fine art…and appreciating it.(husband too). We do have photos of the grandkids that I was able to set up with the help of this blog.
    The ambient mode provides colorful background with movement and sound. The birds in the background fooled me the first time. I thought the chirping was outside my window!
    Our installers were from a high end local store. The tv tends to be price controlled no matter here you buy it, so we figured we would get the guys who know what they are doing. It took two installers all morning to install the tv (no wires showing), set up our cable box and sign us into all of usual go to sites. (They had me make a list of sites, user names and passwords the week before they arrived). We had trouble with our apple id (who doesn’t), but they helped us through all of the tech set up and even gave us a lesson on using the comcast control with the frame tv control. The installers did complain that set up and sites with this Samsung tv are often challenging, compared to other brands.
    I must say, it is a incredible tv. I know it is a lot of money, but we will have this for a long time. This tv even will update itself! The picture is incredible. The sound is great, even without the purchase of an additional sound bar.
    I love the tv. I do wish that we had purchased it during a price drop during the holiday. It took us until April to finally to decide we were going to “go for it.” Now, we have another problem. The Frame tv is so terrific that we now want to get another for the livingroom!
    I must add that it will be fun to use Lauren’s ideas in the livingroom. This website is always an inspiration. It is the only one that I have signed up for. Lauren, thanks for all you do!!!

    1. Thank you SO much for sharing your in-depth experience with it, Deb! And for your kind words! You are too sweet!

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

    Thanks, Kay

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 🙂

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