Classical narrative stained-glass windows typically depict biblical scenes or religious saints. The size of the painted scene can vary depending on the desired style and available budget for the windows. Most scenes are full-window; however, smaller-scale depictions can create medallion-type features within an overall more geometric design. The size of the painted scene and intricacy of the geometric portion together determine the cost of this type window.
Borders are typically painted to balance the amount of light transmitted between narrative scene and border areas. These windows can feature memorial areas (inscriptions) if so desired.