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I currently store all mine in a medium organizer from Close to My Heart. I used to use a large organizer; but in an attempt to use and not hoard, I have been able to downsize just a bit. It is clear plastic, so not sounding like what you are looking for. I love it because it has a handle and I can carry it around.
I got rid of a lot of my cassette racks when I decided I wanted to keep the re-inkers with the stamp pads. Some are in shallow drawers, while other are in photo boxes. I divided the container with chipboard divider strips cut to suit the arrangement and height. You could use attractive chipboard faux trunks, hatboxes, etc. from craft stores. I select a pad via a swatch book, but you could also attach a color swatch sheet on the inside lid of the box.
I purchased a plastic case from JoAnns -- can't remember what it's called but it's the same one that people were using for Copic storage. I used the dividers that came to separate the various types/brands of ink pads. The pads that I use more often are stored in some smaller plastic containers and my distress ink pads are in a case I bought in the tool box section of Menards.
Thanks everyone for your great ideas. For now, I have cleared out a drawer in my buffet, but I will probably go the route that GypsyRoseStamper suggested and get decorative chipboard boxes/trunks for storage. I didn't find anything this weekend at Hobby Lobby or Michael's to match my décor, but will revisit in a few months.
The problem with stacking stuff on shelves is that you always need the one at the bottom! I looked for ages for some closed storage, preferably shallow drawers, to store inpads: found lots of letter trays but they were always longest dimension front-to-back, meaning that they would come to right to the front of my counter-top. I finally found one that was 'sideways on': unfortunately, it's not completely enclosed (although I guess I could decorate it): I bought two and, although they don't actually stack, I've held them together with plastic ties to make 6 drawers. You can stack one pad on top of another in the drawers, so still easy to access, and they hold lots! This is the link in the UK, but if you can't get this brand in the US I'm sure another manufacturer makes them: