Sometimes too much space becomes too much hassle. Such a remark likely draws a “first world problem” analysis from critics, but it is entirely possible for unused space within your home to present placement issues.
Renovated dwellings often feature tall ceilings (12-14 feet), but this draws the gaze up high and reiterates the openness. Naturally, the human eye will focus on what populates the wall from about 6 feet and below so keep high hanging distractions at a minimum.
Darker paint will reduce the impact that tall ceilings have in the room. Apply the dark colors to the walls and ceiling and keep the wood trim and paneling white. By coloring the ceiling darker than the walls, the surface appears to be lowered and the space shrinks.
The youthful playmate inside never really goes away even with age. Having a see-through folding screen around the dining room table mimics bedroom hiding places and enhancing the experience.
Creating a separate space within a large space brings the gravitas down a notch and implores a more whimsical design and layout for the room.
Another valuable point to consider is the size of each piece of furniture used in relation to the room itself. This is what interior designers call scale.
In a cavernous space, low pieces look dwarfed by comparison which will look awkward to the point that it may be hard to articulate exactly what is wrong, something will just be noticeably awry.