Sometimes, the room effect can still sound awesome, even if it's not true to the recording or anything even close to reality. It seems to be much more difficult with the open floor plans of modern architecture and the abundance of hard surfaces. At least with regard to music in the living space, instead of a dedicated and designed room for it.
I am the only one I know who is into audio, that has a wall next to each speaker in a rectangular living room. Everyone else has one speaker near a wall, with the other one just out in the open that leads elsewhere in the house. It's basically set up against an L wall. It's not spectacular and does indeed sound like the sound emptying out. Add in vaulted ceilings and whatnot and it can get tricky. One friend mostly uses his headphones instead.
Best houses for music for me has been those with heavy, padded, wall-to-wall carpet, heavy curtains, comfortably soft furnishings and enough of everything. Basically like grandma's house or the ones we lived during the '70s. Even the mid grade audio equipment could sound good in those spaces.