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Hide Your Television within a Gallery Wall!

Would you hide your television within a gallery wall? We’re sharing how we layered frames, art and photos to make it work.

close up of a gallery wall incorporating a Samsung Frame TV | How we hide our television with a gallery wall! |  via Yellow Brick Home
lamp | credenza | Be Nice | butterfly

On a bit of a whim, we painted the connected family and play rooms peach! The color is Benjamin Moore Coastal Cottage, which is a smidge less muddy and more bright than our taupe-y, blush-y entryway color (although very similar). And because we painted the whole room, everything had to come off the walls. And when we took everything off the walls, we thought it would be a good time to upgrade the television and swap in some new artwork. And, hey, while we were at it, let’s do a better job of layering the television into an intentional gallery wall!

Hiding Our Television Within a Gallery Wall

We have a Frame TV, but this could also be done with any modern/slim television if you wall mount it; bonus points for hiding the cables behind the wall, too. On most televisions, you should be able to add a screensaver, but the trick is to choose a static image (as opposed to default settings that might display underwater scenes or fireworks). If you’re not installing a Frame TV, I’d recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions for changing the screensaver.

In our case, I have a folder of digital images on my phone that I upload to our Frame TV through the Smart Things app, including this butterfly! I also have an entire post that shares a handful of my favorite places to find digital artwork.

*Scott recommends this wall mount and this behind-the-wall cord kit. You can also trail the television cord down the wall, pair it with a cable cover, and paint it the same color as your walls.

Hanging Framed Artwork

There are SO many ways to design a gallery wall, including paper templates, laying out the frames on the floor and just plain-ol’-winging-it! I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all approach, so you do what feels the easiest to you. Start. Do it. That’s the hardest part of every process! In this case, we styled this wall on the winging-it approach, and we couldn’t be happier! That said, here are a few things I do and keep in mind as we’re hanging artwork:

  • I gather all the FRAMES I love and know would work well together. Artwork can always be swapped in and out, but the frames have to work in harmony. More on that in a minute.
  • As we hang each frame, I’m paying attention to the spacing. We prefer minimal spacing of 2-3″ between frames (or less!) for a tight-knit, cohesive look.
  • As we work our way up, I first ensure we have a solid base of larger frames and work towards a center peak, like a triangle – arguably the most pleasing design shape.

The Paint Stick Trick

Something we’ve been using for years is our handy little paint stick! On one end of the paint stick, we have a small sharp screw, like this:

How a paint stick helps us to hang photos | photo hanging trick | How we hide our television with a gallery wall! |  via Yellow Brick Home

We hang the frame on the screw, and once the frame is in the place we want, we gently press the frame against the wall. The sharp end of the screw leaves a small mark, where we then put a drywall screw for hanging!

How a paint stick helps us to hang photos | photo hanging trick | How we hide our television with a gallery wall! |  via Yellow Brick Home

At the bottom of each frame, we stick a single 3M Velcro strip so that the frames don’t sway side-to-side as people walk by. It also makes it easier to dust and wipe down the frames over time, since the frames stay in place. I can’t recommend this enough!

Mix and Match Frames and Art

Back to choosing the frames and artwork in a gallery wall. I prefer to choose two frame colors/materials as a base, and then layer in 1-2 vintage frames for flair. For example, this wall is all light wood and white frames, but you can see a gilded gold frame in the top left, too.

Close-up of gallery wall, also incorporating a Frame TV | How we hide our television with a gallery wall! |  via Yellow Brick Home
Be Nice | butterfly | lamp

But it doesn’t stop there. Don’t be afraid to choose a mix of prints, photographs, fabric or anything else! I even overlapped small artwork with our table lamp, and we hung frames as low as the credenza and as high as the ceiling. In the end, choose only what makes you happy.

Close up of small frame within a gallery wall | How we hide our television with a gallery wall! |  via Yellow Brick Home
oak frame

If we’d like to add to this wall, I like knowing that there are still nooks and crannies to fill! For example, I can add something small (maybe in an oval or round frame?) on the upper left. I could also trail the gallery to the right, up and over the door frame and down the other side.

Gallery wall that incorporate a television! | How we hide our television with a gallery wall! |  via Yellow Brick Home
lamp | credenza | Be Nice | butterfly | rug

The end goal is two-fold: Our television looks like a natural part of the gallery wall (it’s art on it’s own, I say), and it makes me smile every time I walk into this room. Would you hide your television within a gallery wall?

PS: We’ve also shared our favorite frame resources, you can see more photos of our family-slash-playroom here, and these are my tips for taking great photos with your smartphone.

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  • Kristina2.10.22 - 10:11 AM

    Looks lovely! I’ve been thinking about the Frame tv but curious if it uses a lot of electricity waste to have it ‘on’ and sip laying art all day? ReplyCancel

    • Scott2.10.22 - 10:19 AM

      The Frame TV includes a motion sensor that will fully turn off the screen if no one is in the room. The sensitivity, timing and range can even be adjusted! It definitely uses a small amount of energy when the screensaver is on, but since this particular TV is upstairs, it’s off most of the time.ReplyCancel

      • Kristina2.10.22 - 10:38 PM

        Thank you Scott! ReplyCancel

  • Kathy2.10.22 - 10:13 AM

    This is beautiful! I’m sure people know this, but for some types of TV it’s not advisable to have a static screensaver image.ReplyCancel

    • Scott2.10.22 - 10:21 AM

      Thank you! That’s a great point. Some older TVs can have images ‘burned’ into their screens if the same image lingers for an extended period of time. A ‘slideshow’ screensaver might be a better option in this case.ReplyCancel

  • Jess2.10.22 - 10:41 AM

    Have you shared where you got the bezel for your tv?ReplyCancel

    • Kim2.10.22 - 11:20 AM

      The bezel is the one sold by Samsung, specifically for the Frame TV. I believe we found ours (the beige color) on eBay!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna2.10.22 - 10:43 AM

    Wow, thank you for this!  We have a space with a frame tv currently and 100% of this post will be PERFECT!  You have made my day with this, truly!  Thank you.  ReplyCancel

  • Michelle2.10.22 - 10:50 AM

    What color frame do you  have on the tv?  Beige?  We just bought a 75″ frame tv, gets delivered tomorrow and I purchased the beige and the teak frames to see what I like best.  ReplyCancel

    • Kim2.10.22 - 11:19 AM

      This one is beige, but we have teak at Tree House. Beige is more true to a white oak color, and teak is darker but so pretty. You can’t go wrong either way!ReplyCancel

  • Patti2.10.22 - 10:52 AM

    I’m loving the wall color!  What is it?ReplyCancel

  • Katie2.10.22 - 10:59 AM

    Looks so pretty!! Where to do have your photos printed? I want to add some larger ones to my wall. ReplyCancel

    • Kim2.10.22 - 11:22 AM

      A few different places, but I love Artifact Uprising! Great art quality. I’ve never tried Parabo Press, but I believe they’re able to print rather large, too.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Laura Living2.14.22 - 11:16 AM

    Such a great idea, my aunt did this and it looks so good! ReplyCancel

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