These are the most popular shutters, full height shutters cover all of the window and easily let light in or block it out depending on your configuration: For example you could have the top louvers independent from the bottom with a simple mid-rail.
GOOD POINTS: Excellent for privacy, installation and noise control.
BAD POINTS: There isn't any.
IDEAL FOR: Nearly every situation from French/patio doors to very tall windows.
Tier on tier are separate shutters on top of each that operate independently (Think of full height shutter cut in half)
GOOD POINTS: Very versatile with good light control and good for privacy.
BAD POINTS: They would not suit all windows as they can look very busy in some situations.
IDEAL FOR: Bathrooms, dinning and bedrooms.
Shutters that cover the bottom half of the window (or whatever you desire).
GOOD POINTS: Lets lots of light into the room, giving it avert continental feel, with the added bonus of them being cheaper than full shutters.
BAD POINTS: More decorative than practical. Not very good at draught proofing.
IDEAL FOR: Privacy in urban areas.
Shutters for irregular shaped windows can be made to any shape.
GOOD POINTS: Make an excellent statement for a featured window or Windows that awkward to get curtains or blinds to work.
BAD POINTS: Will be more expensive.
IDEAL FOR: Feature windows or shaped.
Shutter that have no opening louvers.
GOOD POINTS: Very good at insulating window.
BAD POINTS: Not as versatile as you can only open them and close them for light.
IDEAL FOR: Period properties and bedrooms.
These shutter are not hinged at the sides these run in a tracked system.
GOOD POINTS: Excellent access through patio doors and folding doors that concertina back giving you excellent view.
BAD POINTS: Not really suitable for Windows with a sill.
IDEAL FOR: Patio, folding, and sliding doors.