If you're an avid reader of the news, you might have stumbled across this article on what colours a student should surround themselves with when studying.

Rather than decorate using pale shades of tranquil green and blue, a university in Australia has found that vivid colours are actually best for students with exams or intense studying ahead. 

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, featuring pale and vivid shades of blue, red and yellow.

Their reading comprehension scores were significantly higher in the vivid red and yellow rooms, with lesser scores noted in rooms decorated in pale shades of blue and yellow.

But before you rush out to B&Q and buy tins of crimson tide or egg yolk yellow emulsion, it's worth checking your residential status. If you're a student living in a rented property, you'll need to get permission from the landlord before you undertake any painting. If you're not able to permanently redecorate using bold colour choices, don't fret!

There are some great temporary colour solutions so you can create the right study environment. Consider wall-hung artwork, painted canvasses propped up against the wall, blinds and curtains in vivid shades or some brightly coloured rugs. 

If in doubt as to what decorating you can carry out inside a rented property, contact your managing agent or landlord for advice.