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Ditch the Black Screen: Turn Your TV Into Free Art With YouTube App

Are you tired of decorating around the TV and want to ditch the Black Screen? How about turning that boring black box into TV Art? Let’s transform your Smart TV, Fire Stick, or Roku with Free Frame TV Art using the YouTube App. Free art for TV screens is just a click away, and guests will be amazed at your stunning works of art.

You can find vintage art, seasonal art, animated art, and slideshows, some with background music and more. Create a visual art gallery with vintage art masterpieces, modern art, or nature landscapes from the masters. The sky is the limit with digital art hidden gems you can access for FREE on YouTube.

Adding our new fireplace under the TV screen created a new focal point for our living room. And the black TV screen was even more evident. So we began searching for Free Art for TV screens.

I thought you had to spend a lot of money and purchase the Frame TV from Samsung to have your TV look like a painting. I had heard so much about it but didn’t want to spend money on a new TV. Much to my surprise, you can quickly turn your smart TV or any TV equipped with a Fire Stick or Roku device into an amazing Free TV Art Gallery.

Let’s take a look at this easy solution, plus how to add a personal photo slideshow gallery to your TV.

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What Is The Difference Between Regular TV and The Frame TV?

Both TVs will allow you to watch all your favorite shows, but the Frame TV looks like artwork when not in use.

However, you can easily add free art to your TV screen using a variety of YouTube channels that offer vintage art, fine art, and more.

Is YouTube Art as good as The Frame TV Art?

Based on data from Samsung, the Frame TV has a matt display and provides virtually no light reflection, making the images appear more authentic.

Is this worth the difference in cost? That depends on your plan for using the TV art.

This image was taken mid-day, with minimal glare on a regular TV, and our home is very bright during the day.

DIY Fire Place Mantel with TV Screen Art over fireplace.

Why Add Art To Your TV Screen?

Why should you add art to your TV screen? Some people, like my husband, don’t find the black box offensive. He would just like a bigger black box.

Surprisingly, he discovered this hidden gem, and since I couldn’t operate the remote control, he was in charge of finding appropriate art to display on the TV.

For me, it’s a decorator’s choice. When we have guests, I’d prefer the TV to blend into the rest of my decor choices. Therefore, a vintage painting looks much better than a large black box.

I don’t need the TV screen to display art 24/7, so the free YouTube TV art is a budget-friendly option for me. I like to add free art when we are entertaining, and there is no glare on the screen in the evenings. It was perfect for our Christmas party to display a vintage Christmas scene, and Brad was responsible for ensuring the display stayed on the screen throughout the party.

For some, the added cost of the Frame TV Art may be worth having art displayed all the time.

DIY Fireplace with TV Art from YouTube Channel.

Do I Have To Have A Smart TV to Stream Free TV Art?

If you are currently streaming apps on your TV, you can also easily add Free TV Art.

A smart TV has the steaming capability built into the device. However, you can easily convert a regular TV into a Smart TV by adding a Fire Stick or Roku Stick to your existing TV. Both will allow you to add apps such as Netflicks, Sling, Hulu, and YouTube for streaming.

The YouTube App has many channels that offer free TV art and screensavers. As you find your favorite pieces of art, subscribe to the channel and add to your favorites for easy access.

How To Add Free Art To TV Screen?

To add free art to your TV screen, begin by opening your YouTube App on your TV.

Go to search and enter either a channel that you are aware of or search a more general term such as TV Screen Art, Free TV Art Screensaver, Vintage Art, etc.

Here, we searched for framed screensavers, and this is one of the options that popped up.

How To Save And Subscribe To Channels For Free Framed TV Art

Once you find free framed TV art that you’d like to use again or to find more similar art, you can open the channel. From here, you can subscribe and navigate to the channel to see more similar screensavers.

You can also search for seasonal images to display on your TV. Some images stay on the screen for 30 minutes to 3 hours. You can choose a slideshow of many pictures if you prefer. Some have music, and others are just the image. There are literally hundreds to choose from to help you create the ambiance you desire in your home.

You can usually determine the length of each image right on the screen. Below, you can see this collection will last for 2 hours.

Here are a few of my favorite channels

  • The Museum Ambience
  • Framed Screensavers
  • 4KTV Wallpaper Screensavers
  • Vintage Art
  • Modern Art TV
  • Art TV Gallery
  • Cozy Fireplace

I hope you’ll share your favorites with me. I’m always looking for vintage art that works in my farmhouse.

How To Turn Your TV Into A Personal Photo Slideshow

Want to display your family photos on the TV screen? You can easily open the Photo View App and add images from your photo gallery to display as a slideshow on your TV.

Once you find the album you want to display, click the menu (usually three lines) and start the slideshow.

Here is a slideshow with images of my Mother.

Turn your TV into a Personal Family Photo Slideshow with these tips.

Mantel Decor Ideas With TV

Now that you know how to add TV art, you can use these mantel decor ideas with TV framed art. Choose a canvas that works with the season and use the artwork to inspire the mantel decorations.

We used woodland-themed Christmas art and decorated the mantel around the image for our holiday party.

Other Ideas You May Enjoy

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I hope you enjoyed learning how to add art to your home for free and a fun alternative to the dreaded black screen. I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you.

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How To Add Free TV Screen Art from YouTube App. Easy way to get rid of that black box and it's free.

MaryJo Materazo

Thursday 22nd of February 2024

This is fabulous Rachel. I finally got around to doing this and I love it. Thanks so much for the great instructions. Now to convince the hubby I need an actual frame around the TV is the next step. 🙂 Have great day. XO- MaryJo


Friday 23rd of February 2024

MaryJo, I'm so glad this was a helpful article for you. And I'm still working on that one myself. LOL


Saturday 13th of January 2024

I have been wanting a framed TV for quite a while. This option is so good, Rachel! I really want it for when we have gatherings in our home. Thanks for Sharing!


Sunday 14th of January 2024

Kim, It's a great option without the cost.


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

I feel like I've been hiding under a rock, Rachel. I had NO IDEA that You Tube had art for tvs like this - that is so cool! I love that you can turn it on during parties and gatherings and have the picture blend in like a piece of wall art. Excited to share this on Friday! It's such a great idea. Big hugs and happy new year, CoCo


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

CoCo, I know. I love it. Thanks for sharing.


Tuesday 9th of January 2024

This is brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to share this on my weekly newsletter.


Tuesday 9th of January 2024

Renae, I really appreciate you for doing this.


Tuesday 9th of January 2024

So, I’m order to display this artwork, wouldn’t the tv need to be turned on all the time?


Tuesday 9th of January 2024

Colleen, Yes, the TV must be on the display the free YouTube art.