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Finally! A TV for Design Lovers | TV That Looks Like Art

This post is in partnership with Samsung. All ideas, opinions and excitement are my own.

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Can you find the television in this post?

The Frame tv that doubles as art when not in use

When we purchased our current home, we struggled to decide which of the two rooms would be the family room that we’d gather to watch tv. One was smaller, just off the entryway with bookcases, a fireplace and was adjacent to the kitchen. The other, a larger more removed space that lacked character, but would have been easier to hide that big black thing – aka the tv.

wood frame tv that looks like art

We ultimately decided to sacrifice design for convenience and family togetherness, placing the big black screen over the fireplace off the entryway. We loved it – when it was on. The kids could decompress after school while I made dinner, but when we weren’t using it, it felt like it overpowered the entire room.

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The tv was the first thing you’d see when you entered our home, which didn’t exactly feel like a warm welcome.

tv or art, you decide

We’ve been planning a fireplace makeover for the past few years, but it seemed like a moot point when we’d just place the black tv above the mantle again. I didn’t want to paint the brick, but I hoped to minimize it for a more timeless, traditional look. I dreamt of a fireplace filled with character and couldn’t get over all those inspiration photos with a beautiful piece of framed art hanging above the mantle.

thin tv that hangs like a picture

samsung the frame tv that doubles as art

Then, I saw a tv that looks like art. It hangs like art, it’s framed like art and you have a gallery of 100 pieces of art to choose from. I couldn’t believe my eyes and immediately started making plans to finally execute our fireplace makeover and living room refresh.

tv that looks like art when it's turned off

The fireplace is beautiful, and it’s everything I hoped it would be. However, the highlight of the room is The Frame. It completely transformed the space! It’s so beautiful and feels fresh. I have to do a double take each time I pass by because you’d never guess it was a tv if you didn’t know! The Frame is so minimal and with the No Gap Wall-mount, mounts flush against the wall, just like art.

tv that looks and hangs like hart

design friendly tv that looks like art and hangs seamlessly

tv that looks and hangs like art

The Frame is Chris’ Christmas gift, but shhhh it’s really the best gift I’ve given myself – a tv that blends design and function, something I attempt to do throughout our home. The Frame was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things this year and now it’s ours, too.

design friendly tv that looks like art

Unlike art, it’s easily interchangeable. I can’t decide which is my favorite, our Christmas card photo, a photograph of my mom and uncle on their Christmas card from the 50’s or the piece by Yun-Kyung Jeong for the Samsung Collection. Fortunately, I don’t have to! I can change it with the click of a button on the remote or the app on my phone!

display photos on tv

display photos on samsung the frame tv

I still can’t believe my eyes. I love how warm and inviting our living room feels and already cherish the time we’ve spent snuggling up on the sofa watching Christmas movies together – enjoying the best of both worlds this holiday season.

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Art or TV? You decide. Have you been waiting your whole life for The Frame, like me?

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner


41 comments on “Finally! A TV for Design Lovers | TV That Looks Like Art”

  1. Julie it looks fabulous. I want the Frame so so bad. I have to have my TV in the entry way. True story! 

  2. Ohhhhhhhhmg. So jealous right now, you are living the TV dream!!! Congratulations on a beautiful makeover.

  3. Wow, I have to have that TV!  It’s absolutely fabulous- what a clever idea! Just beautiful, Julie 

  4. I have been dreaming of this TV ever since I heard about it! It’s stunning!
    And, your living room refresh is amazing!!!

  5. WOW!!! Julie that is a great family gift. Can you please tell me where to get a cover like yours on your couch or loveseat which ever one it is ?? Thanks so much & Merry Christmas

    • Of course – it’s a Restoration Hardware Belgian Linen slipcovered sofa in sand. We’ve had it over 6 years now and still love it. Hope you enjoy a great holiday weekend!

  6. Wonderful idea!  Also beats sticking the tv behind doors into a cabinet!  Remember!  Great idea!  Your room is lovely, as well as the rest of your home!  So calming!  

  7. WOW…   That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen!  Can you actually have a fire with the tv there or would it get too hot?  I love that, and it may end up being my husband’s birthday present!!  😉

    • We’be always had a tv hung there but never had a fire. I talked with a local fireplace store who said the mantle serves as a heat deflector and they have sensors to ensure the tv doesn’t get too hot. I think Gas logs are in our future (I don’t like the mess of a wood fire indoors).

  8. I need one of these in my living room!!! The TV is such an eye sore, but this would solve all my problems. I love it! Love the photos you chose for it too!!

  9. That looks incredible. I’d never know it was a tv, and I love that you can add your photos too it as well! What a game changer for millions of fireplaces across the land. The room looks beautiful!

  10. I LOVE this! I have a pretty fireplace wall in my family room and I hate the ugly TV hanging above it, I was just saying to my husband this morning we should really replace it with a more decorative one!

  11. Seriously this is what I needed a few month ago. We juat took out tv down from above the fireplace, but if I had a TV like this it would have bee perfection. My favorite photo is the side view…I can’t believe how close to the wall it is hung! 

  12. It looks fabulous, but why isn’t it centred. That would drive me crazy!!

    • I looked at how art was hung over fireplaces and found very few are centered because art should be at eye level, so I decided to do the same and love it!

  13. Beautiful Julie! I love the fact that you can change your picture display!

  14. A television over a fireplace has always been a pet peeve of mine. I just find it annoying for some reason. Your new “framed photo” is fantastic! Congratulations on a great new space and Merry Christmas!

  15. Love the frame! Is your RH sofa a chair and half? Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  16. That is incredible! I didn’t know such a thing existed. It’s now on my wishlist!

  17. I agree with the rest of your readers, this is an excellent and fabulous idea.  I love it.  Your pictures you selected, memorable.  Lovely home and so so cute four legg baby.  LOL!  Hope you and your family ave a Happy New Year!

  18. Wow! I had no idea there was such a thing! Thank you so much for posting about this!

  19. Julie –

    Ummm…this makes so much sense. I’ve sometimes wondered where your TV was but figured it was fabulously inconspicuous (which was correct). I almost asked you where you got your artwork last week because it was so serene / pretty. Good work. I’m going to need this for our main floor reno someday.

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  20. Julie! Love the idea of framing the TV! We’re going to have a televator over the fireplace and so I’m now trying to figure out how to work a frame to go around the TV when it’s up. Love your idea!

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