Customising ionic to "fullscreen"


I’m new to ionic and I’m not sure yet how to customize the basic application. Ionic shows on ios (on andoid slightly different) a top toolbar which is grey. I would like to make to customize the layout to look like the google maps app with the side menu. I know that they use material design which would be awesome if someone could include that in their answer. I just need someone to point me into the right direction.

I’m unsure about using which layout? If I want to use with the side menu, do I have to pick <ion-nav-view></ion-nav-view> or do I use the angular material $mdSidenav?

How do I hook into the ionic app general layout settings (styling)?