Struggling with that last minute exam prep？ Paint your walls yellow and red.
Brightly coloured rooms can boost your concentration levels, scientists have discovered.
Students say they prefer to study in environments with pale colours which they feel are most relaxing, but researchers have found the opposite works better.
Levels of focus in students are higher when they are surrounded by vivid colours, a study from Curtin University, Australia found.
Student participants were asked to read a passage and answer multiple-choice questions adopted from a university entrance test in rooms with six different colour schemes.
The rooms were pale and vivid shades of blue, red and yellow.
Their reading comprehension scores were significantly higher in the vivid red and yellow rooms.
Lead author Aseel Al-Ayash said: 'Bright colours can support students' learning performance by positively affecting psychological and physiological states.
'If the reading tasks are difficult, the vivid colour conditions may increase arousal to optimal levels.'
Several past studies have indicated the colours red and yellow are more stimulating than blue and green.
For example, student pulse rates increased in red and yellow conditions, but decreased in blue.
This is consistent with the Yerkes-Dodson Law, which proposes that arousal improves performance up to an optimal level, with additional arousal causing a drop off in performance.
Ironically, two-thirds of participants believed vivid red wasn't a suitable colour for a study room, associating the colour with depression, discomfort, annoyance and elements such as danger.
But given their improved learning outcomes, perhaps a bit of discomfort, aside from last minute cramming, is what they need.
It seems red and yellow may be the future of study areas, with Curtin and other Western Australia universities expressing a keenness for the work.