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Samsung frame tv: how to add art & make it look amazing

Post contains affiliate links. It is not sponsored by Samsung. We’re just singing their praises because we love this TV so gosh darn much.

Interior Designers have a complicated relationship with TVs. We all want them, but most of us don’t want the TV to be the centerpiece of the room. We used to try all sorts of tricks to camouflage them, distract from them, and place them.

Then Samsung came along and completely changed the game.

The Frame TV is a flat screen TV with a frame around it that looks like art when you aren’t watching TV. Now you can hang it over a credenza your fireplace or your office conference room and look like a cultured art connoisseur instead of a Netflix binge-aholic. And they cost the same as any other flat screen TV.

Win, win.

The TV comes with a few free pieces of art, and you can also pay to subscribe to various other art “channels.” How we love to use The Frame, though, is adding digital art that will complement the room perfectly.

There are a few steps to go through to add your own digital art, and a few tricks we’ve learned to make them really look like art and not like a digital image. I am not a technology wizard, and you don’t have to be either. We’ve also rounded up our favorite Frame TV “frames” and digital art that is formatted for the TV at the end of the post!


You’ve purchased a piece of digital art that you’re obsessed with. Awesome! Here are the basic steps to take that digital art file and get it up on your screen. Watch the video or see below for the steps.

  1. Get your digital art ready on your phone. Ideally your digital image should be a 16x9 aspect ratio EXACTLY. If you’re buying a digital image online that says it is ready for the Samsung Frame TV, you should be good to go. If your image is not 16x9 it may not display properly.

  2. Download the SmartThings app on your Apple or Android device. Make sure your TV is connected to the app (the app should prompt you and detect your TV). Allow access to your phone's photos.

  3. In the App go to “ART MODE”

  4. Tap “add your photos”. Select the photo(s) you'd like to see on your TV.

  5. Select the art piece(s) you want to set now. It will prompt you to add a filter. Choose "none."

  6. Choose Mat or no mat. This is purely a style decision. Note - sometimes if your resolution or aspect ratio isn’t ideal, the TV will automatically add a mat to help make your image look better. We like the Modern Mat option when we're using a mat. Typically we gravitate to the no-mat look.

Viola! Your art is on your Frame! Now let’s make it look more like art.


The Frame allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast, and other levels on your screen. We’ve found that these settings work well for most every piece of art we put up.

From your TV's remote:

Click the Home button / Settings / Expert Settings

  • Set Brightness to 50

  • Set Contrast to 50

  • Set Sharpness to 12

  • Set Color to 30

  • Set Tint to 0



Hopefully we’ve given you the push you’ve been waiting for to dive in and give The Frame TV a go! I patiently waited for years to get one in my house, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I know you will too!

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