We just bought this 267m2 unit (about 3000 sq feet) in Hanoi, Vietnam. It comes with nothing, just the walls. All the furniture placements in the attached pic are just suggestions by the developer. It has lots of floor to ceiling glass windows and sliding glass doors to the balconies.
Our idea is open design, minimalist furnitures with lots of storage. Our desired color combination is light gray walls with medium/darkish gray focal walls, white trims and light ash floors in the 4 bedrooms and light beige marble-like tile floor in kitchen, living/dinning room (the tile floor has been done by the developer) .
a) The doors are wooden and at the moment are natural wooden color. Should we paint them all white to match the white trims? I like the look in many pics but I am hesitant to paint over solid wood.
b) We want to knock down the wall of the kitchen, on the left when you enter the entrance to make it an open kitchen. We want to make simple, linear glossy white cabinet from floor to ceiling with hidden/no handles on the back wall, where the stoves are but I don't know where to put the fridge, sinks and stoves. Moving the side-by-side fridge to this wall will break up its uniform???
We want a large counter with a table connected to it for our family to have daily meals (we are a couple with 2 small children) without having to move to the large dining table. The counter is parallel to the back wall, about 7 feet by 4 feet, extending from the column on the left (next to the door to the balcony that is marked "Out door" to the current kitchen wall next to the entrance. We want a light wooden veneer color for the cabinet with a caesar blizzard counter top in water fall style. And here I have troubles visualizing where to connect the table to this counter.
I thought of moving the sinks and the stoves to this counter but not sure we are allowed to move the sinks there (by the developer). The thought of poor workmanship on the drainage from the sinks is quite threatening too.
Your thoughts please.
c) Since the dinning and living areas are open into each other and are quite large (about 800 sq feet together), should I built storage cabinets as well, such as the media storage where the TV is housed and floor to ceiling wardrobes/cabinets similar what on the kitchen back wall? The TV cable is on the left wall. My husband generally does not like decorative items much. He calls them "clusters" so open shelves should be minimal. We thought we would put the piano and 2 study tables for our kids along the wall on the right hand side, the common wall with Bedroom 1. Does it make sense in terms of furniture arrangements?
I still have a lot to ask but it seems I can only write so much at one post. From my post, you can see English is not my first language so I hope I make sense. Living in Hanoi, I have troubles finding the right decorator to ask, any ideas would be very welcome. Attached are some inspirations I saw.