The electromagnetic form factors are computed using eigenstates of linear momentum for the nucleon. The latter is described in the framework of the chiral color-dielectric model, projecting the hedgehog ansatz on eigenstates of angular momentum and isospin. Form factors are well reproduced, with the exception of the magnetic one for the proton, up to q 2 ⋍ 0.5 GeV2. The effect of the removal of the spurious center-of-mass contributions shows up mainly in the electric form factor of the proton. A noticeable improvement is obtained with respect to the calculation without linear momentum projection.