SOUTH Devon companies have come to the rescue and offered to redecorate a house dubbed 'too pink' by a council.
But the work is being delayed because nobody will reportedly tell them what replacement colour is needed.
Heathfield-based decorators Lamars have offered to paint the house in Kennford for free after Teignbridge District Council saw red over its pink colour.
The council refused retrospective planning permission for the 17th century cottage and the owners were ordered to paint it a less vibrant colour.
Owner Ann Kennedy claimed her Lantern Cottage has previously been a vivid pink colour and it has just been restored.
The council gave them three years to repaint it with an agreed shade in July.
Since then Lamars have come forward to help and are offering their services for free. Brewers Newton Abbot are also supplying the paint.
"The situated needed sorting and we wanted to help," said Kim Lamar from the decorating firm.
"We'll start as soon as we get a colour sorted and aim to get it done in a day.
"We're chomping at the bit to get going as the weather will soon change to make the job more challenging.
"The firm is owned by my husband Tony. He will have to tone it down," said Kim.
Mrs Kennedy said she was thrilled a firm has come forward to help.
"I'm so pleased. I just want the situation sorted," she said.
She said she had not yet decided on a new shade as she couldn't get a clear answer from Teignbridge Council on what hues were allowed.
She said: "I called them and asked for advice on colours and they said they didn't have a shade guide, yet at the council meeting we were told there was a heritage colour guide.
"I'm at a loss as to what colour to paint it at the moment."
A spokesman for Teignbridge Council confirmed it has now provided the company with a list of colours and it has tried to contact Mrs Kennedy.