Now, typically when someone utters the words stainless steel I break out in a cold sweat. Stainless steel is not something a DIYer really wants to deal with. It's a beast--hard to cut, hard to fabricate.
Use Ceiling Tiles for Kitchen Backsplash?But we have a killer solution. Grab yourself some tin ceiling tiles and apply them with my secret favorite tool of all--construction glue--straight to the wall behind the counter. A super-clean installation technique that doesn't use a single glob of thinset mortar (we like that).
Stainless Steel Installation HelpAmerican Tin Ceilings has an excellent installation guide (link below) and they recommend patterns of 6" or less. I'll insert that with any kind of kitchen backsplash--tile or glass--this is a good idea. This has nothing to do with the materials, but with the appearance of the repeated pattern. The wall space above counters and below cabinets is not large enough to aesthetically support, say, 12" tiles.
Pictured is American Tin Ceilings' brushed nickel, not stainless steel, but you get the point. And besides, they supply plenty of stainless steel ceiling tiles, too.