I've recently had users test a prototype for a new portfolio site for my company. The homepage is almost like a one-page site in that it has distinct sections, although each section links to another, related page.
The last section is currently a contact form with a header above it inviting users to fulfill their goals by working with my company. (My current site only uses a separate contact page. I wanted the redesigned site to be higher-converting.)
Below is the contact section, which I am aware is missing an email address field. (On the real site, I would want this to be a natural-language contact form like a Mad Libs contact form or nlform.js.) This section would have a hero area and several other sections above it and a footer below it.
The Epipheo homepage currently does have a full section with a contact form.
Several users found the contact form section very big and loud and wanted me to get rid of the background I was using on it. After thinking about this for a while and trying several backgrounds that weren't very different from the original, I started to wonder: were the users only objecting to the background around this contact form? Or did they find it pretentious that my portfolio site even has a contact form on its homepage?
What has been your experience with this - either on your portfolio site or client sites? What have users generally said about whether or not a contact form section on the homepage is OK?